April is Child Abuse Prevention Month across the country and it’s the perfect opportunity to have important conversations about raising awareness. Child abuse has no cultural or socioeconomic boundaries, which means abuse can occur in any demographic. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “there were an estimated 676,000 victims of abuse and neglect (during federal financial year 2016). This equates to a national rate of 9.1 victims per 1,000 children in the population.” These figures are child abuse and neglect cases that were reported and known to child protective service agencies in the U.S.
The first step to helping a child who you suspect is being abused is recognizing some warning signs, such as:
Sudden changes in a child’s behavior or appearance could also be indications that the child is experiencing some type of abuse. If you suspect a child you know is being abused, you can help by reporting it to the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111 for non-emergencies or 911 for emergencies.
You can take part in raising awareness by participating in these countywide events:
Together we can protect our children from abuse and neglect!