Now in its 16th year, the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation’s PANDA program is offering free training to education and medical professionals throughout the state to help practitioners better identify potential cases of child abuse. Provided by Forensic Dentist Lawrence Dobrin, DDS, the program is scheduled at schools and health facilities throughout April in recognition of April’s designation as Child Abuse Prevention month.
The program is also offered during other months and is currently scheduled through May 2010. So far this year, more than 400 professionals have been trained by Dr. Dobrin.
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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It May Just Save a Child's Life!!