Child abuse and neglect can be difficult to see, but important to report

According to the CDC, 1 in 7 children living in the US experience some form of neglect. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

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Child abuse and neglect can happen in any family regardless of economic conditions. Still, it is five times more likely to happen to those who come from families with lower socioeconomic means, according to data from the CDC released in 2015. Several signs tell if a child is being neglected, including low self-esteem, poor impulse control, and depression. April is National Child Abuse Prevention

Month recognizing the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect. The Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Annual Report for 2020 shows nearly 56,000 Children’s Division reports affecting more than 78 thousand children with 47 fatalities. Closer to home in Jasper County, those reports number 1,557 with one fatality. In 2019, 1,840 children died of abuse and neglect in the United States.

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