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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

This is a time for us as a community to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the well-being of children in our community. Child abuse prevention efforts are the best hope for reducing this terrible crime. In order to do this, we must take a stand against abuse in our community. Child abuse can be categorized four ways: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect.
Definition of Child Abuse and the Signs
The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services defines child abuse as “any recent act, or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or an act, or failure to act, which presents an imminent risk of serious harm”. According to Safe Horizon, a victim’s advocacy group, these signs may indicate possible child abuse:

Some signs of abuse are more obvious than others. In this case trust your instincts. Suspected abuse is enough of a reason to contact the authorities.
The Impact of Child Abuse
In 2012, a national study found that over 1,600 children died as a result of abuse and neglect. That is a rate of 2.2 children per 100,000 in the national population. Another study that investigated the economic impact of abuse found that child abuse costs the nation as much as $258 million every day. This amounts to about $94 billion each year.
What to do if you Suspect a Child is Being Abused
If you suspect a child has been abused….

Each state has a system to receive and respond to reports of possible child abuse. Professionals and concerned citizens can call statewide hotlines, local child protective services, or law enforcement agencies to share their concerns.
Kern County has a Child Abuse Hotline that you can reach 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That number is:
661-631-6011 (Countywide)
Childhelp® is a national organization that provides crisis assistance, and other counseling and referral services. They also have a hotline that operates 7 days a week, with professional crisis counselors. All calls are anonymous. Contact them at:
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
If you observe a child being abused, call 9-1-1 immediately.