Did You Know?: Preventing Child Abuse
Did you know that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month?
According to a report published by the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, more than 900,000 children were abused in 2006 -- the most recent year for which the federal government has issued a study. The most common form of abuse was neglect, and the most common abuser were parents.
There's a wealth of information online about how to recognize, report and prevent child abuse. For example the non-profit organization Prevent Child Abuse America offer tips for recognizing child abuse. Some common signs include sudden changes in a child’s behavior or school performance, a child who is always watchful and wary, and coming to school early, staying late and not wanting to go home.
You can report suspected child abuse by calling the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453.