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Child Abuse Reports Drop When School Gets Out
As schools let out for the summer, the rate of child abuse reports drops by more than 35% in New York City.
The chart below, published on the Administration for Children’s Services’ website, shows the monthly reporting of suspected New York City child abuse cases to the state’s child abuse hotline. The reporting takes a dramatic dip every summer.
Though reports drop, this doesn’t mean that child abuse rates drop. Because children are spending less time with adults outside their families, especially adults who are mandated reporters of abuse, the signs are less likely to be identified.
“The Administration for Children’s services would like to remind the public that the safety and well-being of our children is everyone’s responsibility. This summer we urge members of the community to be aware and report any signs of child abuse or neglect,” said ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión.
Safe Horizon collaborates with City agencies and other organizations to respond immediately to the most severe cases of child abuse. “Teachers are a fantastic resource in identifying and fighting child abuse,” says Ariel Zwang, CEO of Safe Horizon, “but it is up to all of us to learn the signs which may include unexplained injuries, changes in behavior, fear of going home, aggressive behavior or inappropriate touching by an adult.”
If someone suspects that a child is in immediate danger, they should call 911. If the suspicion is of abuse or neglect, they should call 311 to be connected to the New York State Child Abuse and Maltreatment Hotline to make a report, even anonymously.
- Every year there are nearly 3.6 million reports of child abuse and neglect in the U.S.
- Despite a year on year decline, there have been over 60,000 reports of child abuse in New York City each year since 2011.
- 1 in 16 children suffer sexual abuse and 1 in 10 children are victims of maltreatment.
- 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse - http://www.victimsofcrime.org/media/reporting-on-child-sexual-abuse/child-sexual-abuse-statistics
About Safe Horizon
Safe Horizon envisions a society free of family and community violence. We will lead the way by empowering victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking to move from crisis to confidence. Safe Horizon is the nation's largest victim services organization, touching the lives of 250,000 individuals and families victimized by violence and abuse every year. For 35 years, Safe Horizon has helped New Yorkers in their times of greatest need.
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