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Local Agencies Examine Impacts Of Statewide Child Abuse Epidemic

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and local agencies are raising awareness is hopes of lessening the cases seen in Oregon each year.

Posted: Apr 23, 2018 4:37 AM
Updated: Apr 23, 2018 11:49 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Local agencies like the Jackson County Children's Advocacy Center are hoping to raise awareness about the growing epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Last year, there were more than 11,000 confirmed cases of child abuse in the state. Just shy of 900 of those cases came from Jackson County. 

You can help protect a child from abuse by knowing the signs and reporting abuse when you see it. 

"With kids, pay attention to their behavior... things that seem out of the ordinary, things that seem different," said Cari Allen, a program manager and forensic interviewer with the Jackson County Children's Advocacy Center. "And then certainly if you see something that seems suspicious, so any kind of marks, bruising, those more obvious signs... being aware that that child could be the victim of child abuse."

Data from the national child abuse and neglect data system determined that more 15 hundred children have died as a result of abuse or neglect. That roughly translates to five children dying per day.

Report child abuse to a local office of the Department of Human Services (DHS), local law enforcement, and you can also call 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).

You can also report abuse through the National Domestic Violence Hotline here.

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