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What To Do If You Suspect Child Abuse

Suggestions from the Child Welfare League of America: If it is an emergency, call your local police department. They can ensure the immediate safety of a child and get medical attention if needed. Call your state or local child abuse hotline.

If you are unsure how to report, contact Childhelp USA® National Child Abuse Hotline by telephone at 1-800-4-A-CHILD® or through their website at http://www.childhelpusa.org for information about how to report in your community.

Remember....
• Suspicion of abuse is all that is necessary to file a report
• Your information can be given anonymously
• You will be asked to describe your concerns about the child and it will be helpful if you can provide:
• the child's name, age, address, gender, school attended (if possible), and names of parents.

http://www.childabuse.org/report%20abuse.html

Get Help Now
Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline

1-800-4-A-CHILD

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A lot of people don't realize it, but every day in the United States thousands of kids are abused. That adds up to millions of kids each year.

Often children and teens are abused by the people who are closest to them like family, friends, sitters, neighbors and sometimes even teachers and coaches. These are the very people that children should feel the safest with.

If you need help or have questions about child abuse, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD
(1-800-422-4453) then push 1 to talk to a counselor.

The Hotline counselors are there 365 days a year to help kids, and adults who are worried about kids they suspect are being abused. You can call this number if you live in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The call is free and anonymous. (The Hotline counselors don't know who you are and you don't have to tell them.) There won't be a charge for the call on your telephone bill if you use a regular phone or a pay phone. If you use a mobile phone or cell phone, there may be a charge and it may show up on the telephone bill. Don't use a mobile or cell phone if you want to be sure your call is a secret. But please...do not make prank calls to the Hotline. This will tie up the phones and keep us from talking to someone who really needs help right away.

http://www.childhelpusa.org/get_help

APRIL 5TH IS “NATIONAL DAY OF HOPE” FOR CHILD ABUSE VICTIMS IN AMERICA

National Child Abuse Statistics

Child Abuse Fatalities by Year
In 2003: 1,500 children died as a result of child abuse & neglect (4.11)

In 2002: 1,400 children died as a result of child abuse and neglect (3.84)

In 2001: 1,300 children died as a result of child abuse and neglect (3.56)

In 2000: 1,356 children as a result of child abuse and neglect (3.72)

In 1999: 1,396 children died as a result of child abuse & neglect (3.82)3

In 1998: 1,144 children died as a result of child abuse & neglect (3.13)3

In 1997: 1,221 children died as a result of child abuse and neglect (3.35)3

In 1996: 1,185 children died as a result of child abuse & neglect (3.25)

In 1995: 1,215 children died as a result of child abuse & neglect (3.33)

Experts cannot agree on a single reason for this increase, but most attribute it to both a population increase and an increase in reporting. Other factors that are sometimes cited include changing a wider definition of child abuse, increased reporting requirements, states providing more accurate information, better recording systems, and changes in data collections.

Sources:

Prevent Child Abuse America: Current Trends in Child Abuse Reporting & Fatalities: The 2000 Fifty State Survery

http://www.childhelpusa.org/resources/learning-center/statistics

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