Talking about child abuse isn’t easy, but it’s necessary, and April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, is the perfect time to start. Child abuse is sometimes a taboo subject. If we’re ever going to break the cycle of abuse, we have to have an open dialogue about it. According to statistics, one in every seven children in the US is abused. Every 10 seconds a case of child abuse is reported. Every four hours a child dies from abuse. According to Tennessee law, all persons, including doctors, mental health professionals, child care providers, teachers, dentists, family members and friends, must report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. Failure to report child abuse or neglect is a violation of the law.
If someone suspects abuse they must report it by calling their…
For the complete story, see the April 12th edition of The Lexington Progress.