Children’s Advocacy Network staff and supporters came together Monday to pray for victims of childhood sexual abuse. The agency organizes an annual prayer service for awareness every April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“My prayer today is not just for the children, it’s for those who come alongside,” Nathan Martin told people gathered around the flagpole by the Red River in Pineville.

Martin, pastor of Christian Challenge Worship Center and Pineville City Council member, prayed aloud for people who will help defend children and help bring healing in their lives.  He prayed for victims to experience restoration and for an end to abuse so that the important work of advocates is no longer needed.

In eight Central Louisiana parishes alone, Children’s Advocacy Network serves more than 1,000 victims of abuse annually, said Executive Director Wade Bond at the prayer service. Read more: