Glasgow, Kentucky – Child abuse prevention is a year-round effort, but the issue comes to the forefront during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.
According to Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, a prevention organization, child abuse cases increased in Kentucky from 2013 to 2014. In 2013, 56,113 child abuse cases met criteria for investigation by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Of those, 23,951 were substantiated. In 2014, total cases increased to 58,114 and 22,926 were substantiated.
Whether such statistics indicate an actual increase in child abuse, however, is unclear.
Child abuse includes physical and sexual abuse as well as neglect. Kentucky law defines an abused or neglected child as one whose health or welfare is harmed or threatened.
“My sense is that I’m having to remove more children now from homes than I did three or four years ago,” said Barren Family Court Judge Mitchell…
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