(Atlantic) We continue our series on Child Abuse Prevention. The first story explained the warning signs of child abuse. Those warning signs include; noticing someone making others uncomfortable and violating boundaries. We continue our series on the topic of why don’t we report?
“I think people have the fear of being wrong and create issues for somebody and be wrong,” stated Kristen Templeton, who is the facilitator for the Cass County Child Abuse Council. “But for the most part we found that people who report have a reason and if you report it and it is not a founded case, then that is one thing, but if you don’t report it and you should of then that is where these kids are not being protected.”
Templeton says the other reason may be the fear of damaging relationships.” You might have that person that is a volunteer in an after school program or church event and you don’t want to create an issue for them and damage their relationship in the community.”
Templeton says the other reason on the topic of Why don’t we report is that it might make it worse for the child.” If the child’s parents find out something was said then the abuse could increase.”
Next we will talk about how prevention takes everyone including; modeling positive behavior, recognizing risky situations and taking action, reporting abuse and getting help for everyone, trusting your instincts, setting clear boundaries, and knowing where to get help.
April 3, 2013