Saturday, February 13, 2016
If you suspect child abuse or neglect, report it
Reasons why being a mandatory reporter of abuse matters:
1. Mandatory reporting matters for kids who are victims.
If no one cares enough to report it, the abuse will continue. They will be emotionally traumatized, and often physically scarred. They could even die.
2. Mandatory report is worth it for the cases in which the child is being abused, but it is deemed by those in power that there is "insubstantial" proof.
Certain types of neglect and abuse are difficult to "substantiate" Because there is no physical evidence. That doesn't mean that child or teen is not worth advocating for... And it's still worth taking the time to call.
If and when you do call to report suspected child abuse or neglect, be prepared for the following:
- Some of the hotlines are not adequately staffed. You might be on hold for a very long time.
- Sometimes the staff member who answers might not seem very responsive or helpful.
- Sometimes it takes three or more separate calls for anyone to do anything to protect that child.
Taking the time to report suspected neglect and/or abuse can help improve that child's current experience - and possibly save his or her life.