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FEATURE

It Takes a S
Community
to Keep
Kids Safe

ince the start of the pandemic, there
has been a precipitous drop in reported
cases of child abuse and neglect. In
fact, reports are down by as much
as 40-50% from this same time a year ago.  

While that may sound like good news, this
decrease unfortunately does not necessarily
mean there are fewer cases of child abuse
and neglect. Rather, there are fewer reported
cases. In fact, part of the disturbing trend is
a wave of severe injuries in abused children.
At least 155 children died or nearly died this
year in Pennsylvania as a result of suspected
child abuse or neglect, according to state
data from Jan. 1 to July 15, compared to
144 in all of 2019. 

By TINA HASSELBUSCH
United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

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