Making a difference

Cortez Girl Scout’s project tackles child abuse

Alexcia Sharp received her Bronze Award on June 20. Picture are: Dena Thomason (Girl Scout troop leader), Delanie Duggan (mother of Alexcia), Alexcia Sharp, Gayle Earley (Girl Scout troop leader), and councilman Tom Butler. Enlargephoto

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Alexcia Sharp received her Bronze Award on June 20. Picture are: Dena Thomason (Girl Scout troop leader), Delanie Duggan (mother of Alexcia), Alexcia Sharp, Gayle Earley (Girl Scout troop leader), and councilman Tom Butler.

Alexcia Sharp is thankful that adults can prosecute child abusers, but she believes children can play a role in prevention.

“I think, since it’s about us, we kids should be part of the solution,” said the Junior Girl Scout.

Self-described as a “warrior” against child abuse, Sharp partnered with the Four Corners Child Advocacy Center to launch Kid2Kid: Preventing Child Abuse on Facebook. The social media site provides her peers with information to protect themselves, siblings and friends from being victims of child abuse.

“We discuss what child abuse is, how to recognize it and most important, how to prevent it from ever happening to us,” the 10-year-old said.

Sharp’s efforts were recently recognized by the Girl Scouts, which bestowed her with the organization’s highest honor, a Bronze Award.

“This young lady has worked very hard on her Bronze project,” said local Girl Scout leader Dena Thomason. “She has made a difference in the world around her.”

While making a difference in the community, the Bronze project also aims to promote teamwork and develop self-confidence. The project requires a minimum of 20 hours, but Alexcia spent more than 100 hours.

“Alexcia earned her award with courage, confidence and character,” said Thomason.

In addition to her awareness campaign, Sharp also coordinated a fundraiser for the Four Corners Child Advocacy Center, raising more than $250.

For Sharp, her message is simple.

“Please don’t be afraid to tell anyone if you’ve been abused, because there are so many people out there that are willing to help you,” she said. “Don’t let your abuser be free to do what they did to you, to another person or child. If you don’t tell anyone, they may never stop.”

tbaker@cortezjournal.com