Protecting Our Children: A One-Hour Syracuse Television Special

The Central New York broadcasting community is coming together this week to bring awareness to the sexual, verbal and physical abuse of children. In response to recent national and local news headlines, the Syracuse television stations are putting their competition aside to collaborate on a one-hour special on this important community issue.

“Protecting Our Children” takes an in-depth look at this disturbing subject. Reporters from the participating stations will talk to survivors, explore the challenges facing child abuse investigators, show the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center in Syracuse through a child’s eyes, and investigate the New York State statute of limitations policy.

Amy Manley, WCNY-TV’s award-winning producer, is the producer of “Protecting Our Children.” The special also features the reporting of Farah Jadran, the host of WCNY’s weekly public affairs show “Insight.”

“Protecting Our Children” will air Wednesday, April 25, at 6 p.m. on WCNY channel 24.1 and 7 p.m. on WCNY channel 24.4 (in high definition).

“We’re honored to partner with all of the Syracuse television and radio stations that have united for this important program. Together, we want to shed light on abuse that, as we have seen, happens right here in our community,’’ said Robert J. Daino, WCNY’s President and CEO. “The mission here is to better educate the public so we can better protect our children.”

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Studies show that only 10 percent of child sex abuse cases are ever reported and 90 percent of victims know their abusers. On April 25, volunteers from the Onondaga County Child Abuse Response Team will be manning a phone bank from 6 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. to answer questions about everything from the warning signs of child abuse to how to report suspected child abuse. The toll-free phone number to call during those hours is 1-877-880-5211 (courtesy of Northland Communications).

For a list of child advocacy centers in Central New York and for other important websites and phone numbers related to child abuse, please visit starting Wednesday.

“Protecting Our Children” will also air Wednesday, April 25, from 7 to 8 p.m. on WTVH, WSTM, WSTQ, WSYR, YNN,, and, and 11 p.m. to midnight on WNYS.

Additional media support for “Protecting Our Children” is provided by Cumulus Radio, Sinclair Broadcasting and Clear Channel.


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