As April comes to a close, so does National Child Abuse Prevention Month, an annual campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the consequences of child abuse and neglect. The initiative highlights the critical role of families and communities working together to ensure the safety and well-being of children across the nation.
Child abuse often goes unnoticed, with up to 70% of cases going unreported. It is crucial for individuals to recognize the warning signs and report suspected cases to authorities immediately. On average, a child tells seven adults about their abuse before a formal report is made. By being proactive and informed, each person can play a critical role in preventing neglect, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.
If you suspect a child has been harmed or is at risk, do not hesitate and call 911 or the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-25-ABUSE (1-800-252-2873). In non-emergency situations, reports can be made using the Online Reporting System at https://dcfsonlinereporting.dcfs.illinois.gov/
I encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the warning signs of child abuse and to take action if you suspect abuse or neglect. By working together as families, communities, and individuals, a safer environment can be created for children to grow and thrive.
To read more information about the warning signs of child abuse, please visit https://www.thecaucusblog.com/…/national-child-abuse