Child Abuse: A Community Matter

An article in Sunday’s issue of the Deseret News titled “A community matter: Child abuse results in human toll and economic burden in society” quotes our Executive Director Suzanne Leonelli. She and many other professionals had light to shed on the growing problem of child abuse in our communities and other community problems with which it is associated. Since the economic downturn, child abuse rates have sky-rocketed. Children who have been abused are more likely to face other health, social, and cognitive problems in the future; and that effects a broader portion of society.

Prevent Child Abuse Utah encourages you to read this article and, more importantly, take it upon yourself to get educated about the signs and symptoms of child abuse. It’s essential for adults to know how to identify and, especially, report child abuse in order to prevent it. The adverse effects of child abuse are long-lasting and can negatively impact not only children and families, but surrounding communities as well.

Prevent Child Abuse Utah offers free education for adults, children, communities, and families. Education is the first step to prevention. Call us today to schedule a presentation or inquire about our prevention programs. If you have seen a presentation, let us know what you think! You can reach us at 801-393-3366 or toll-free 1-800-CHILDREN. Visit our website for more information.

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