ERIC Number: ED339943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect in Alaska. Information for the General Public.
Alaska State Library, Juneau.
Everyone is responsible for the welfare of the children in our communities. Some persons, such as school teachers and peace officers, are required by law in Alaska to report known or suspected child abuse and neglect. The general public is also encouraged to report such knowledge or suspicions so that children can be protected and families can receive help. Estimates indicate that over two million children are abused or neglected each year in this country alone. Professionals estimate that one out of every 4 girls and one out of 10 boys will be sexually abused before they reach 18 years of age. Indicators of abuse or neglect include children who: are frequently late or absent; come to school early or are reluctant to go home; are inadequately dressed for the weather; have welts, bruises, and other physical injuries; are hyperactive, destructive, and aggressive; are withdrawn, passive, and overly compliant; have obvious medical needs that are unattended; are undernourished; are tired, lethargic and listless. Additional indicators that have been identified with sexual abuse include: sexual promiscuity; poor self-image; poor peer relationships; sudden school problems; depression; sudden eating or sleeping problems; excessive clinging; unusual fears; self-destructive behavior; and running away. The indicators do not necessarily mean child abuse or neglect is going on in a family. They are meant to provide additional information if there is cause to suspect abuse or neglect. (LLL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Library, Juneau.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska