Attorney General Kathleen Kane is asking Pennsylvanians to help make the state a “safe and nurturing place for children” by recognizing April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The national campaign acknowledges the, “importance of families and communities working together to prevent abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children.”
Kane says she wants to provide parents, educators and community leaders with the skills and resources they need to properly raise and care for children so that child abuse can be substantially decreased, offering several warning signs of abuse:
- Unexplained injuries, bruises or burns
- Wearing clothing inappropriate for the weather, perhaps to hide injuries
- Fearful of going home
- Avoiding physical contact with others
- Displaying aggressive or depressed behavior
- Difficulty making or keeping friends
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Trouble walking or sitting
- Frequent absences from school
- Poor hygiene
- Slowed physical or mental development
Kane cautioned that these signs alone do not mean that abuse is occurring, but urges Pennsylvanians to call ChildLine at (800) 932-0313 if they believe abuse is happening. ChildLine is Pennsylvania’s toll-free number for reporting suspected child abuse. All reports are confidential.