WSIL – John A. Logan College hosted an event to kick off Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.
Several experts from agencies like the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services gathered at the college to educate others on how they can help.
Tyler Edmonds, Union County State’s Attorney, said the issue is everywhere, not just in big cities.
“I really want to encourage members of the public to not just think of this as a law enforcement issue. This is just a DCFS issue, this is a community issue that we need to address,” Edmonds said.
And that is something Lori Gray of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services agrees with.
“DCFS can’t help families and children we don’t know about, and we need the public’s help to be our eyes and our ears,” Gray said.
Edmonds said there are so many signs of child abuse, when reviewing cases it commonly seems that someone should have seen it sooner.
“And we all have roles to play, in our family, as caregivers, we need to know the signs of child abuse. We need to recognize it and report it,” Edmonds said.
April has been dedicated as the child abuse prevention month since 1983. Every year, the sitting president along with several governors makes a proclamation of the effort. Gov. Bruce Rauner followed suit this year.
To report abuse or neglect, call 1-800-25-ABUSE.