National Day of Hope
April 2, 2014 3:30PM
APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH IN KLAMATH COUNTY
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our communities.
We know that the key to preventing child abuse is strengthening families and addressing the underlying factors that can contribute to abuse and neglect. We hope to raise awareness throughout the month of April about child abuse in Klamath County - and what we can all do to keep children healthy and safe, and strengthen families.Klamath County had 2805 reports of child abuse or neglect in 2013 according to our local Department of Human Services statistics. Of those 2805 reports, 862 were assigned a case worker. The number of reports is up by 399 from 2012 and the number of assigned cases is up by 6.
Young people who were victims of child abuse and neglect are more likely to:
- experience teen pregnancies
- perform poorly in school
- suffer mental health problems and impaired brain development
- be arrested for violent crimes
Adults who were abused or neglected as children are more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs during their lifetime.
Day of Hope Invitation
Stop The Hurt is working!
As Stop The Hurt enters its third year, studies show it is working.
Stop The Hurt’s online survey showed dramatic increases in child abuse awareness. KOBI/NBC5 market studies revealed over 60% of respondents recalled seeing it the second year, versus 40% the first year.
The rate of reporting child abuse has doubled in Klamath County since the campaign began.
Stop The Hurt’s own surveys showed 95% of respondents know how to report child abuse. Awareness that child abuse is a serious problem rose from 52% to over 75% of respondents. People increasingly know where to turn for positive parenting and prevention resources.
What Can You Do?
Let your government leaders know that it is time to demonstrate that prevention is a priority.
Learn more about how we prevent abuse and start new conversations with your family, friends and neighbors.
Promote the health and well-being of every child in your community.
Participate in and/or volunteer your time and skills to youth-serviing organizations.
Support your family and friends that are under stress.
Financially support organizations that prevent, address, and/or treat child abuse and neglect.
Learn about Children's Rights and how kids can stay safe
Listen to these wonderful children from St. Pius X Catholic Church recite the Children's Bill of Rights.
Watch a 5-minute video designed for elementary and middle school students.
Experience an 11-minute video tailored to high school students and adults.
SIGNS and SYMPTOMS of Child Abuse & Neglect
Each of these signs alone may not indicate a child is being abused or severely neglected. Consider reporting suspected abuse if you notice multiple symptoms from the list below, or a change in several behaviors:
Signs of Physical Child Abuse
- Unexplained burns, cuts, bruises, or welts
- Bite marks
- Anti-social behavior
- Problems in school
- Fear of adults
Signs of Sexual Child Abuse
- Inappropriate interest in or knowledge of sexual acts
- Nightmares and bed wetting
- Drastic changes in appetite
- Overcompliance or excessive aggression
- Fear of a particular person
Signs of Emotional Child Abuse
- Hostility or stress
- Lack of concentration
- Eating disorders
Signs of Neglect
- Unsuitable clothing for weather
- Dirty or unbathed
- Extreme hunger
- Apparent lack of supervision
For a more extensive list of the signs of child abuse, call the Childhelp national hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453).
If you see a child being abused, immediately call 911 for local law enforcement.