DELAWARE–More than 900 doctors, law enforcement officers and social services employees were in Dover Tuesday night, for the Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Summit at the Sheraton Dover Hotel. “The most important aspect of this is just to provide guidelines to identify, and report, for the medical providers as well as these other professionals, but also we need to share consistent messages to the community about what mandatory reporting of child abuse is and to try to educate the public on the signs of child abuse and neglect,” said Department of Services for Children Secretary Vivian Rapposelli.
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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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