Cumberland County Schools wore blue on Wednesday, April 24th in support of Child Abuse Prevention month.
Pictured here are Jo Jo Dorr, Taylin Wilburn, Maggie Parrish and several other CCES students putting blue pinwheels in the flowerbed at CCES and a group picture of CCES students with Ms. Kristi Dyer, FRC Coordinator who coordinated the Child Abuse Prevention activities at CCES. Thanks to Sabrina Merrick with Pulaski County Health Department for providing us with blue pinwheels.
Kentucky has the highest child abuse rate in the country, according to the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The bureau’s new “Child Maltreatment” report uses 2017 data. The report can be found online at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/research-data-technology/statistics-research/child-maltreatment.
It found Kentucky’s 22 per 1,000 children abuse rate is the highest in the nation, and more than double the national average. The number of child victims in the commonwealth, 22,410, marked a 27.4 percent increase between 2013 and 2017.
Nationally, it showed about 75 percent of victims are neglected, 18 percent are physically abused, and almost nine percent are sexually abused. An estimated 1,720 American children died of abuse and neglect.
You can report suspected child abuse: Kentucky Child Protection Hot Line - 1-877-KYSAFE1 or 1-877-597-2331 (Toll Free)