If You See Child Abuse…Report it!
One of the thoughts about entering a new year is hoping that things will change for the better. Such is the thought of the people working at the Advocacy Network for Children.
They know firsthand how a tough year like 2020, and the holidays that ended that year, can be bad for kids who are abused. They see it every day and it isn’t going away. They can only do so much to prevent child abuse. What they can’t do… the public can, but many won’t because they don’t want to get involved. Meanwhile, another child gets abused.
Not reporting child abuse compounds the problem. In their latest monthly newsletter, the Advocacy Network for Children posted the following which is well worth reading:
OVERCOMING WORRIES ABOUT REPORTING CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT
Worry: “I don’t want to interfere in someone else’s family.”
Reality: Child abuse and neglect is NOT merely a family matter, and the consequences of staying silent can be devastating for the child.
Worry: “What if I break up someone’s home?”
Reality: A child abuse report does not mean a child is automatically removed from the home—unless they’re clearly in danger. Parents may be first offered support, such as parenting classes or anger management counseling.
Worry: “They will know it was me who called.”
Reality: Reporting can be anonymous. In most places, you do not have to give your name when you report child abuse.
Worry: “What I have to say won’t make a difference.”
Reality: If you have a gut feeling that something is wrong, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Even if you can’t see the whole picture, others may have noticed signs as well, and a pattern can help identify child abuse that might have otherwise been overlooked.
If you would like more information on reporting child abuse contact The Advocacy network for Children at (217) 223-2272 or go to www.advonet.org.
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