Here and Now: The rise in child abuse, Guns Down, Life Up initiative

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Sunday, August 23, 2020
Here and Now: August 23, 2020
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Leaders and experts of the Black community come together to share their concerns, opinions and plans on various stories of interest from across the nation.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- On this episode of Here and Now, shutting down schools due to the coronavirus pandemic has placed more children who are victims of child abuse at risk.

We are also speaking with Leslie Odom Jr, and Nicolette Robinson, the stars of the Freeform series, "Love in the Time of Corona."

Also, to say that gun violence in New York City is up would be an understatement.

According to the NYPD's July crime stats, there has been a 177 percent increase year over year.

Darcel Denise Clark is the first African American woman to be elected a District Attorney in New York State, and the first female District Attorney in the 13th district of the Bronx speaks about this chilling increase.

Meanwhile, New York City hospitals are on a mission to reduce gun violence with the Guns Down, Life Up (GDLU) program.

Assistant Director of Community Affairs and Emergency Services of the GDLU program, James Dobbins III, discusses how the program aims to provide empowering social intervention and alternatives to help reduce violence and improve the lives of teens and young adults.

Later, we discuss how the "Go Red for Women" initiative is helping to raise awareness about heart disease and strokes for women of color, are twice as likely to die from cardiovascular disease.

And the neon arts program is helping change the face of probation in New York City.

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