AUGUSTA- The drug epidemic impacts more and more facets of daily life. And, yes, a rise in child abuse cases is blamed on drugs as well.
Drugs were cited by a state health and human services official as a risk factor in 61% of child abuse cases.
There’s no question the goal of child abuse prevention specialists is to eradicate child abuse. while that’s a lofty goal, some say it should be a goal for everyone. According to Jan Clarkin, executive director of the Maine Children’s Trust, everyone should report any suspected child abuse.
In 2015, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services received more than 20,000 calls on the child abuse hot-line. Of those call, 3,200 resulted in child abuse charges being brought against someone. Further, 500 of the abused children were babies under the age of one.
April is child abuse prevention month.
Abusers must be stopped because each year an estimated 150 abused children will become abusers themselves, according to Augusta Deputy Police Chief Jared Mills.