When a child abuse tragedy is reported in the media, neighbors often say that they thought something was wrong, yet too often no reports of known or suspected abuse were made to the police or local child protective services agency.
Local and National Facts:
- On average, every year in Kern County there are over 17,000 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect
- Kern County has the 11th highest child abuse rate in the state of California
- Children under the age of three are the most likely to experience abuse
- 1,500 children die each year in the United States due to abuse and neglect
- Currently there are over 2,300 children living in foster care in Kern County due to abuse and neglect
According to Childhelp.org, surveys have shown that many people admit to witnessing child abuse and doing nothing about it.
The reasons for not reporting abuse include not knowing where to call and misconceptions regarding what will happen once a report of known or suspected abuse is made to the police or a child protective services agency.
If you suspect child abuse, please call the Child Protective Services hotline at:
Or call 911