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Sherry Nelson Child Abuse in Florida Florida as all of us are painfully aware is not immune to the devastation of child abuse In 1999 Florida had 168256 reports of child abuse and 74000 children were identified as abused and neglected Eighty-four of those identified children died as a result of maltreatment Family Source of Florida According to Stephanie F Meincke PresidentCEO of the Family Source of Florida Most of the children that either died or those that were abused were under the age of four Child abuse can be defined as any physical emotional sexual abuse and neglect acted upon a child Meincke states When these children are abused it is no secret that with out therapeutic treatment these children often grow up to perpetuate a life of failure Abused children contribute to some of the rise in teen pregnancy rates school failure domestic violence substance abuse and with their own children continue the cycle of abuse This cycle needs to be broken and can be with prevention Child abuse is a controversial problem in Florida because of the peoples lack of knowledge Department of Children and Families not continuing efforts with reported children and the need for prevention Knowing what child abuse is and the indicators of child abuse can help with the prevention of child abuse According to the Florida State Statutes It is mandatory that any individual whether doctor nurse teacher police daycare worker caseworker or just any ordinary person report any suspicions andor instances of abuse There are different forms of child abuse and indicators to help determine if a child is being abused The Family Source of Florida states The different forms of abuse are physical abuse emotional andor verbal abuse sexual abuse and neglect The first form of abuse is physical Physical abuse is any mark cut bruise burn or any other injury to a child caused by non-accidental actions of
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