Hundreds attend Stand Against Child Abuse conference

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Police, prosecutors, educators and mental health professionals and teachers from all over the state are in Syracuse for the Stand Against Child Abuse Conference.

This year’s keynote speaker was screenwriter and author Antwone Fisher, whose life was the subject of an award-winning film starring Denzel Washington.

Fischer was born inside a prison to a teenage mother and later suffered abuse at the hands of his foster family. As he set on a path of healing and hope, he started sharing his to help others as they navigate through the pain of abuse.

Fisher said, “I feel a need to do it even though it’s difficult for me to tell my story and the whole thing, but people seem to get a lot out of it and it’s cathartic for me.”

The McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center holds this conference every year to raise awareness and to help end child abuse.

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