Report: Child neglect, abuse on the rise – Latest DSS figures show 30 percent jump
SHELBY — Within one year, confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect jumped 30 percent in Cleveland County, according to figures recently released by the Department of Social Services. For fiscal year 2009, there were more than 360 substantiated cases, the majority being neglect-related issues.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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