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March 20, 2014

Butterfly House brings grandma of abuse victim to annual event

Kilah Davenport died last week, 2 years after suffering brain injuries

Thursday, March 20, 2014 — Despite recent tragedy, Leslie Davenport is still slated to speak at this year’s Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Breakfast, organizers say.

Davenport is the grandmother of Kilah Davenport, who suffered severe brain injuries at the hands of her stepfather in 2012 at the age of 3.

Kilah passed away March 13.

“No one has called to cancel at this time,” Amy Yow, director of the Butterfly House Child Advocacy Center, said.

“We know this is a hard time for the family, but we hope to see her come out.”

The Butterfly House and the Stanly County Department of Social Services have organized the breakfast for eight years.

“If we can make the difference in one child’s life, that’s all that matters,” Yow said.

“Just hearing about Kilah makes you realize that.”

Kilah’s story has now led to new child abuse legislation in North Carolina.

Last year the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act nearly doubled the amount of jail time certain abusers face.

Yow said the Butterfly House, a child advocacy and abuse resource center, has  also seen the difference caring and passionate people can make.

Since its inception in 2005 it has seen more than 1,300 children come through the center.

“A difference is being made here,” Yow said.

“I hope one day our services won’t be needed at all.”

But for now she said child abuse is far too prominent in every socio-economic demographic.

“This is one way we can do something about it,” Yow said.

The event, in conjunction with April as National Child Abuse  Prevention Month, is free and open to the public. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. April 7. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by March 27 at (704) 984-4625 or  amy.yow@ stanly.org.

To submit story ideas, contact Shannon Beamon at (704) 982-2121 ext. 24 or at shannon@stanlynewspress.com.

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