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Spreading the word about local help and support resources is critical in ending the cycle of substance abuse and preventing child abuse and neglect.
Report Child Abuse
It’s critical to speak up if you suspect a child is being abused or neglected in any way. When warning signs are identified and talked about early, there’s hope preventing child abuse and neglect before it takes hold.
The more information that you can provide, the better the chance of getting the best care for the child.
There are many common worries about reporting child abuse, but don’t let these fears stop you. Common worries include:
- Interfering with someone else’s family. The consequences of staying silent can be devastating for the child. Speak up.
- I don’t want to break up a home. An abuse report does not mean a child is automatically removed from the home – unless the child is clearly in danger. Local resources such as parenting classes and anger management are available.
- They’ll know I called. Reporting is anonymous. In most places, you do not have to give your name when you report child abuse.
- A call won’t make a difference. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Even if you don’t see the whole picture, others may have noticed as well, and a pattern can help identify child abuse that may have slipped through the cracks.
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Help others realize they are not alone and they can begin to transform their life and start keeping promises – one day at a time.