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March 29, 2013

Walk kicks off Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Richards believes the tough economic times are responsible for the increase.

“People are stressed because of economics, and therefore, people take it out on their children.”

“Also, I think people becoming more aware of child abuse. People are recognizing it and reporting it,” added Stephanie Perez of Lutheran Child and Family Services. “That could be a reason for the increase in numbers.”

Richards said prevention education programs are presented in the region by her staff, and a case worker reported three incidents of alleged abuse/neglect from one school last week.

“That’s a lot. Percentage wise, it wouldn’t be that much, but three in a week for us is a lot.”

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