What Can You Do

It is up to our community to help stop child abuse. There are several ways that you can help. First, if you suspect or know that a child is being abused contact The Pennsylvania ChildLine & Abuse Registry at 1-800-932-0313 or online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home. Your information will remain confidential so please do not be reluctant to call. Remember you may be helping a child.

Second, talk to your children about abuse and tell them that if someone does abuse them then they need to tell you. Often times children will feel like it is their fault they were abused so they will not tell anyone. Sometimes the child abuser will threaten to hurt someone or something that is close to the child so the child will not say anything. Reassure your child that they can talk to you about anything and there are people who will help them.

Lastly, be aware of who your child is with and what they are doing. Unlike most movies, child abusers are not scary strangers. In most child abuse cases, the abuser was someone the child knew and the parents trusted. Even here in Adams County we find all kinds of child abusers. They are both male and female, all races, and all socioeconomic classes. Make sure you know who is watching your child and talk to your child on a regular basis to ensure that someone is not abusing them.

There are people out there to help you such as Children and Youth Agencies, Law Enforcement, Victim Advocates, Mental Health Workers, the District Attorney's Office, and Children's Advocacy Centers. However, if we are going to stop child abuse from happening, we are going to need the help of this community.

To find out more about the National Children's Advocacy Center, visit http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/

For updated information through the Pennsylvania's Megan's Law web site visit, https://www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us/