Gulf Coast Kid’s House: No Formula For Child Abuse


.jpg photo of abuse victim and state attorney Teri Levin, with Anne Patterson, assistant state attorney

The Kid’s House served 2,600 children in 2014.

Pensacola, Florida – Ninety percent of child abuse is perpetrated by someone the child already knows.

Anne Patterson, an assistant state attorney who prosecutes child abuse cases in Escambia County, will tell you it doesn’t matter whether the child’s family is rich or poor, or whether they are white or black. The pattern repeats itself.

“The scenarios are the same,” she said. “How the perpetrator gets close to the child. How he or she has access to the child. The human dynamic is the same no matter what the socioeconomic class is.”

Although reported cases of child abuse among wealthier families is lower than poorer families, the discrepancy is likely a result of social stigma rather than frequency of abuse, child abuse experts say.

The Gulf Coast Kid’s House is a Child Advocacy Center…

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