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Number of Children Abused Dropped in 2012

The Face It® Movement releases infographic with new child abuse statistics

(Louisville, KY – March 18, 2014) The Face It® Movement is releasing a new infographic detailing the state of child abuse in Jefferson County in 2012. The data shows the number of children abused decreased only slightly in 2012 from 2011.

According to Jefferson County data, in 2011 2,774 children were abused or neglected. In 2012 the number decreased to 2,579.

“We are glad that fewer children in Louisville experienced the horrific tragedy of abuse in 2012 compared to 2011,” said Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. “But it’s not enough. The Face It® Movement wants to see the number of children abused at zero. That’s why we are going to continue our work, under the leadership of Kosair Charities, to make sure that number keeps dropping. We, along with Kosair Charities, are committed to ensuring Louisville children are abuse free by 2023.”

The latest infographic also provides important information for everyone to read about how we can all play a role in ending child abuse in Kentucky.

“Now is the time for all of us to Face It.  Child abuse is an epidemic in our community and in our state, and it is up to all of us to do our part to recognize and report situations that are concerning,” said Dr. Melissa Currie, Director of the Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.  “Remember, most children who are seriously injured from abuse had other adults in their lives who suspected something was wrong—a teacher, a neighbor, or a clinic nurse—all of us need to learn what we can do to Face It and End It.”

For more information visit http://faceitabuse.org

SAVE THE DATE: On April 8th join Family & Children’s Place, Kosair Charities, the Face It® Movement and 18 child-serving partners in a community-wide rally to promote child abuse prevention. The rally begins at 11 a.m. at the Big Four Bridge.

Face It® Movement Members:

Archdiocese of Louisville Catholic Schools, Kentucky YMCA, Boys and Girls Club of Kentuckiana, Boys and Girls Haven, CASA, Center for Women and Families, Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), Doctors and Lawyers for Kids, Exploited Children’s Help Organization (ECHO), Family and Children’s Place, Home of the Innocents, Jewish Family and Career Services, Kentucky Courts, Kentucky Youth Advocates, Louisville Metro Police Foundation, Maryhurst, Our Lady of Peace – Kentucky One Health, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, Sunrise Children’s Services, University of Louisville and Uspiritus.

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About Kosair Charities:  Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need.  Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today. For more information please visit http://kosair.org or call 502.637.7696.

About the Face It® Movement: The Face It® Movement, conceived and created in 2012 as a response to the public outcry against the increasing number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth, officially launched in April 2013, as a 10-year initiative led by Kosair Charities; its vision is that by 2023 all children in Jefferson County will be free from abuse and neglect.  Face It® directly addresses the increasingly unacceptable number of child abuse deaths in Jefferson County and the surrounding areas with best practices in child abuse prevention, community engagement and the promotion of effective policies to improve the child welfare system. For further information visit http://faceitabuse.org.  Socially, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/faceitabuse, Twitter: https://twitter.com/faceitabuse.