Child abuse, including sexual abuse, is on the rise in Pa.
The welfare of children across Pennsylvania took a downward turn last year, according to a report out today from the state Department of Human Services.
Statewide, 4,203 children were abused – nearly half of them sexually – over a one-year period, according to the agency’s 2015 Annual Child Protective Services Report. In total, 34 child deaths were confirmed as having been related to abuse.
The tally – which reflects the number of substantiated child abuse cases – represents a 25 percent increase over a one-year period. Forty-seven percent of the substantiated cases involved child sexual abuse.
1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That
The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused.
9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries.
They are protected by New York State laws.
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