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The saddest thing in
America is the sight of an abused child,
hopes dashed, a spirit broken like a raw wound open and bleeding.
It happens all too often in homes across the world today.
Who should intervene?
1. Anyone who suspects child abuse should report it. This means you and me. Some people such as doctors, ministers, and school teachers are required by law to report it. We all should if we have concrete knowledge of a child being abused. Some states only require the suspicion of child abuse to be reported.
2. If a child comes to you telling of abuse you must believe the child. It is crucial that action be taken as soon as possible. Some children may not have another day to tell. Believe, reassure the child, and report it to the proper authorities immediately.
3. Don't hesitate to do whatever needs to be done for the protection of the child. This is more than just following the law for your state, it may save a life.
4. Children are often victims of threats besides force. Coming forward is extremely difficult for a child to do and should always be believed and taken seriously.
We tell our children to tell an adult if something's going on. Will you take the time to help a child if she/he comes to you? You could be making a life and death difference.
Where do you go to report or to get more information?
Try your local Department of Child Services or your local police department.
These links may also be of help:
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children To report child abuse online online go to www.cybertipline.com.
Childhood Sexual Abuse
The Hidden Shame
Last Updated 8/05
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