Empowering Iowans to Safeguard Childhood Well-being

April marks Child Abuse Prevention Month in Iowa, drawing attention to the critical issue of child abuse and neglect. Sharon Miller, the executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, aims to shed light on this issue, as the state sees around 35,000 investigations into child abuse cases every year.

Child neglect stands out as the primary concern in Iowa, constituting about 59% of reported cases. Following closely behind are cases linked to drug-related issues, accounting for 28% of reported incidents.

While physical and sexual abuse is less common, studies suggest sexual abuse is significantly under-reported, with approximately one in four girls and one in 13 boys experiencing such abuse before turning 18.

During Child Abuse Prevention Month, the focus is on promoting positive childhood experiences and preventing adversities that children may encounter. This initiative aims to create a safer and healthier environment for Iowa’s youth.

Empowering Iowans to Safeguard Childhood Well-being

As part of the awareness campaign, the annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference is scheduled for April 30th and May 1st at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. Additionally, individuals can report suspected cases of child or dependent adult abuse through the state’s hotline at 1-800-362-2178.

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By fostering awareness and community involvement, Iowans can play a crucial role in safeguarding the well-being of children and preventing instances of abuse and neglect.

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