p class='login_content'>By Patricia Daddona PBN Staff Writer
FALL RIVER – Santander Bank N.A. has donated $1,000 to the Children’s Advocacy Center Bristol County through its Ideas for Good campaign.
In the campaign, which was initiated to introduce communities to the bank’s new name, customers from the Westport and New Bedford’s One’s Corner branches chose the center to receive this gift.
The center cited national statistics revealing that one in four girls and one in six boys will be the victim of sexual abuse by the time they reach 18, most by someone they know and trust. Bristol County statistics are comparable, though such crimes are typically underreported, the center said.
The center works with law enforcement, the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families, and the District Attorney’s office, to help victims of abuse and witnesses to violence.
“We are most grateful for the generous support of Santander Bank and their customers and for designating our charity for this donation allowing us to expand services we are providing abused children,” said Michelle Loranger, the center’s executive director.
The nonprofit center provides forensic, health and medical, and support services to child victims in Bristol County, Mass.