Posted: 9:06 PM Feb 1, 2010
Dealing with Child Abuse
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — The horrors of child abuse can be difficult to listen to when you hear news reports.
But when it’s your job to get the facts and basically save a child, it can take a toll.
WSAZ.com’s Amanda Barren explains how State Police prepare themselves and deal with cases of true despair.
When it comes to child abuse, the images are gut-wrenching and the numbers are growing. It also means seeing the world in a different way for the folks on the front lines.
In West Virginia, lawmakers are being asked to fund more police officers to deal with crimes against children.
So far, members of the West Virginia State Police have had a 100 percent conviction rate when it comes to these situations.
State Police First Lt. D.L. Frye says communication with officers is key, as well as some time away from the graphic nature of investigating child abuse.
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.
Educate Yourself -- Learn the Facts
It May Just Save a Child's Life!!