HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The Department of Human Services’ 2017 Annual Child Protective Services Report has been released.
The report found that 40 children died due to child abuse in Pennsylvania in 2017 and 88 children nearly died of abuse.
According to the report, 4,836 children were the victims of child abuse in Pennsylvania last year.
Angela M. Liddle, MPA, President, and CEO of Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, the state leader in child protection
is encouraging all Pennsylvanians to read the report.
Liddle issued the following statement in response to the Annual Child Protective Services Report.
“As you read this report, you will discover that 40 Pennsylvania children lost their lives to the horror of abuse and another 88 children nearly succumbed to their injuries at the hands of an abuser. These numbers are staggering and unacceptable.
“Between 2016 and 2017, there were 3,129 more reports of suspected child abuse and 487 more cases of substantiated abuse. Those increases seem to reflect the changes in law since the Sandusky scandal that increased the number of mandated reporters and the scope of perpetrators while also raising awareness more broadly of the need to recognize and report suspected child abuse.
In the prepared release, Liddle noted “Sexual abuse remains the largest category of child abuse accounting for nearly half of the cases in Pennsylvania. And what is also apparent from this report is that family members – mothers, fathers, paramours, and kin – commit the vast majority of child abuse in the commonwealth. “
The Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance is encouraging permissive reporters, individuals who are not mandated reporters, to call ChildLine at 800-932-0313 if they suspect child abuse.
The group salutes the 8,482 permissive reporters – an increase over 2016 – who made these calls last year on behalf of a child. Who they refer to as lifesavers.
Liddle says “Use this report as a call to action to become involved in efforts to protect kids. Visit pa-fsa.org or call us at 800-448-4906 to find a parent-support and education program near you or participate in a training program to learn how to recognize and report child abuse. Together, we can make Pennsylvania safe for our children and create communities where they can grow and thrive free from abuse and neglect.”