Attorney General Kane recognizes April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month

HARRISBURG, Pa. – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane yesterday encouraged all Pennsylvanians to do their part this month and throughout the year to make the Commonwealth a safe and nurturing place for children.

By providing parents, educators and community leaders with the skills and resources they need to properly raise and care for children, child abuse can be substantially decreased.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign designed to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children.

“Child abuse occurs in every community, across all socioeconomic and cultural groups,” said Kane. “It is important to educate the public about the warning signs associated with abuse and provide information on ways to take action if abuse is suspected.”

Kane offered several warning signs of abuse, but cautioned that these signs alone do not mean that abuse is occurring.

Recognizing Child Abuse – Warning Signs:

– Unexplained injuries, bruises or burns
– Wearing clothing inappropriate for the weather, perhaps to hide injuries
– Fearful of going home
– Avoiding physical contact with others
– Displaying aggressive or depressed behavior
– Difficulty making or keeping friends
– Sudden weight gain or loss
– Trouble walking or sitting
– Frequent absences from school
– Poor hygiene
– Slowed physical or mental development

Kane urged Pennsylvanians to call ChildLine at (800) 932-0313 if they believe abuse is occurring. ChildLine is Pennsylvania’s toll-free number for reporting suspected child abuse. All reports are confidential.

Suspected child predators can be reported to the Office of Attorney General by calling the Child Predator Hotline at (800) 385-1044.

Individuals who suspect an online predator or child sexual abuse can also send an anonymous tip to the office by texting PAKIDS + YOUR TIP to 847411.

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