Independence group urges people not to ignore signs of child abuse

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) in Independence, Mo., is pointing to a recent report of child abuse to remind people of the importance of reporting possible child abuse. Jeanetta Issa is president and CEO of CAPA.

She said the case of a 17-year-old boy, who was handcuffed for months in his basement in Kansas City, is a devastating example of child abuse.

"If someone had not called and reported their suspicions, it's possible that 17-year-old would have eventually died," Issa said.

The child abuse prevention expert suspects that people do not report possible child abuse because they are afraid of getting involved in someone else's business, or they are not sure that what they are seeing is actually child abuse.

"Call the child abuse hotline, and report what you're seeing. Let the professionals investigate and decide," she said.

Here are some of the signs of possible child abuse:

  • Frequent bruises or injuries
  • Abrupt changes in character or behavior
  • Signs of neglect.

The child abuse hotline number in Missouri is 1-800-392-3738.

The child abuse hotline in Kansas is1-800-922-5330.

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