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Child abuse education book readings set

Workers at the CARE Center in Oklahoma City have written a children's book to be used in child abuse education. 

CARE is an Oklahoma City based nonprofit that investigates child physical and sexual abuse and provides treatment for victims.

The 28-page paperback book — "Rex Finds His ROAR!" — is available online from Amazon and Barnes & Noble for $10.

Stacy McNeiland, the center's CEO, will read the book at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 27, at Higher Grounds Coffee Company, 5814 NW 63, Warr Acres. She will also read it at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Commonplace Bookstore, 1325 N Walker Ave., Suite 138.

"The story is about Rex, a young lion on a journey to find his roar, which someone has taken from him," according to a news release. "Rex is scared, but he is on a mission to get it back. Throughout the story, kids will join Rex on his path of discovery, with the help of some animal friends that help him find all the letters of ROAR. Rex will look in places like his bedroom, at a swimming pool and on the playground at school — some of the types of familiar places where abuse can occur. In the end, Rex will learn how to talk to trusted grown-ups if he needs help."

A letter included with the book advises parents and caregivers on how to approach the content. The principles exemplified by the letters in ROAR are spelled out at the end of the book: Remember, privates are private; OK to say no; Always talk about secrets; Raise your voice and tell someone.

The CARE news release notes that about one in three girls and one in five boys in Oklahoma County will experience abuse by the time they're 18. More than 90 percent of the time, the abuser is someone they know.

For more information about CARE and the book, go to or call 236-2100.

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