We need to do more about child abuse in Pa. (Editorial)

In Child Education | on June, 06, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

News from Chambersburg Public Opinion:

“When my eyes are on a child, then that’s my child.”

That quote by legendary Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne of York concludes a recent report by the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, “Childhood at Risk: An Exploration of Perceptions and Attitudes Regarding Child Abuse.”

Leave it to Ms. Claiborne to express so eloquently and succinctly a principle we should all share in protecting children from abuse.

Unfortunately, the reality is much different from the principle.

As the report (prepared with the help of surveys by Franklin and Marshall College’s Center for Opinion Research) makes clear, many Pennsylvanians are unaware of the scope of our state’s child abuse problem — and many people feel conflicted about their role in reporting and stopping such abuse.

The survey uncovered some shocking statistics.

• Just 17 percent of Pennsylvanians polled viewed child abuse and neglect as serious problems.

• 14 percent believe child abuse “is not a problem at all.”

• Among “mandated reporters” (teachers, health care workers, police officers, clergy, etc.), just 23 percent believe child abuse is a serious p……………. continues on Chambersburg Public Opinion

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