Doug and Kristen Shoup have redefined hope for child abuse victims in Tuscarawas County. In 2007, they created Noah’s Hope to raise awareness about child abuse, promote prevention and be a voice for victims. The organization honors the Shoup’s son, Noah, who died from injuries he received while in the care of a babysitter.
Although no child is immune from abuse, disabled children are three times more likely to be abused or neglected. Not only are they more susceptible to abuse, disabled children have far more challenges communicating to those who can help them.