April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. We ask that everyone be aware, know what to look for and report any form of child abuse to Law Enforcement.
Child Abuse can come in many forms;
* VERBAL & EMOTIONAL ABUSE: Teasing, put downs, ridicule, manipulation, not listening to a child or engaging a child in criminal acts.
* SEXUAL ABUSE: Touching of a childs private areas, exposing a child to nudity, forcing a child to touch anothers private areas, inappropriate sexual talk to a child, child prostitution.
* PHYSICAL ABUSE: Striking or hitting a child, intentionally causing injury to a child.
* NEGLECT: Leaving a child without proper supervision and care, ignoring a childs emotional, physical and educational needs, failing to provide food or proper hygiene.
Children are the foundation of our society, community and our future. Children raised in loving and supportive environments are more likely to prosper academically, financially and become successful contributing members of society.Please help keep children safe and report suspected child abuse to the Midlothian Police Department (or local authority), DCFS, and/or the National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-422-4453).