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Florida Department of Children and Families: Too Much Child Sexual Abuse Goes Unreported

March 6th, 2012   No Comments   Abuse, Advocacy

Child sex abuse, physical abuse, personal injury and other harm comes to Florida children, according to child advocates, child advocacy attorneys and personal injury lawyers who help foster children and other kids in vulnerable situations. But we all can help by reporting what we see to the Florida Department of Children and Families at 1-800-96-ABUSE.

In the case of a 6-year-old girl, the DCF says she and her sibling are safe now. But her mother had traded the girl for sex to get drugs.

“You know in my seven and a half years with DCF, we’ve never seen a case like this,” DCF spokesman John Harrell told WOKV.

Now, as with all cases of possible sex abuse and child abuse, the DCF owes it to the little girl to do a thorough investigation. Authorities also are giving the girl counseling.

“But we want to make sure that the child does not have to recount what happened to many times,” he says.

Now, adults around these vulnerable children have to speak up. “There’s a lot of child sexual abuse that goes unreported. That’s unacceptable.”

Reporting child abuse and sexual abuse is required by law. If you suspect something is going on, call DCF at 1-800-96-ABUSE.

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