Abigail's Arms forms new task force in Cooke Co.

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COOKE COUNTY - Just over a week ago we reported that child sexual assault numbers are on the rise in Cooke County. Now a special group of individuals is trying to help put a stop to the violence.

This small group of Cooke County men are hoping to make a big change in their community.

"We want to educate our children, our sons and our daughters how our sons should treat women and how our daughters should be treated. I think there should be education about that," said John Warren, a local attorney.

Cooke County's only family crisis center, Abigail's Arms, is developing a new, all-male task force with the goal of enlisting area men to help in the fight against sexual assault and violence in their community.

The new task force is the first one to be formed north of Waco.

"It speak volumes about the men in our community that they are willing to set up," said Kim Cook, Executive Director of Abigail's Arms.

The new task force comes after a spike in crimes against children over the summer months.

Abigail's Arms served eight child victims of sexual assault in June and seven in July.

The center usually works 2 or 3 outcries a month.

"I think for this small of a community, and as people try to talk about a close-knit community, I think these numbers are incredibly high. So I believe we can make a difference in trying to educate fathers, husbands, men and their boys," said Rob Samsel, a licensed professional counselor.

The all-male task force will explore new ways to educate, mentor and enlighten young men of the community about this growing trend and how to prevent it.

If you would like to get involved, here is the link:

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