April marked as child abuse awareness month

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By The Staff

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month – in Spencer County and around the state.
In 2010, there were 155 reports of alleged child abuse or neglect in Spencer County, according to a news release provided by the Spencer County office of the Department of Community Based Services.
On average in the past year, there were approximately 20 Spencer County children in foster care after being removed from their home of origin due to substantiated abuse or neglect, the news release said.
Statewide in 2010 there were 79,854 reports of possible abuse or neglect, with 15,338 of those reports substantiated. Of those 15,338 substantiations, 13,805 children were victims of neglect, 1,558 children were victims of physical abuse, and 823 children were victims of sexual abuse.
In Kentucky, any person who knows or has “reasonable cause” to believe that a child is a victim of child abuse or neglect should make a report to the Child Abuse Reporting Hotline (1-800-752-6200) of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
This number is answered 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
If you cannot get through to this number for any reason, call your county’s Child Protective Services Office (in the Office for Health and Family Services), which in Spencer County is 502-477-8807.