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Fort Sill worker recognized for lowering child abuse rates

(Source Lisa Jansen-Rees) (Source Lisa Jansen-Rees)
(Source Lisa Jansen-Rees) (Source Lisa Jansen-Rees)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO) -A Fort Sill program manager's decade of hard work to lower the rates of child abuse on Fort Sill was recognized Tuesday.

"Child abuse is one of those things that when you experience maltreatment in childhood, it affects you for the rest of your life. So, we want every child everywhere to get a good start," said Lisa Jansen-Rees.

Jansen-Rees received the 2016 Mary Ellen Wilson award for her comprehensive program of prevention, education and treatment aimed at reducing child abuse by helping new parents bond and understand their children and giving victims the care they need.

"It feels great, honestly. Not so much for my hard work, but for all of the hard work of the community partners that we have that are marching alongside in the child abuse prevention fight. I have this wonderful team that all has the same passion and drive and care that I do, so I really do see this not as an individual award but as a pragmatic award," Jansen-Rees said.

The award is named after Mary Ellen Wilson, who, at the age of 10, was the victim in the first documented case of child abuse to go to trial in the United States in 1874.

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