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Advocates Sound Alarm Over Unreported Child Abuse During Coronavirus Quarantine | NBC News NOW

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THE MOST TRUSTED TV NEWS ANCHOR IN AMERICA , ,% >>> NOT ALL KIDS IN AMERICA ARE SAFER AT HOME WITH SCHOOL % CLOSED EXPERTS ARE WORRIED THAT CHILD ABUSE IS GOING % UNREPORTED, NBC NEWS NOW % CORRESPONDENT ALEXIS LEOTA % CHECKS IN WITH THE DIRECTOR OF % NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER

% CENTER % >> IT REALLY IS A PANDEMIC % WITHIN A PANDEMIC THAT WE ARE % FACING HERE AT IN AMERICA, A % LOT OF SPACES HAVE TALKED ABOUT SAFE AT HOME OR SAFER AT HOME, % TYPES OF SITUATIONS, AND THAT’S GREAT, FOR A LOT OF FAMILIES % UNFORTUNATELY FOR SOME % CHILDREN, BEING SAFE AT HOME, % IS A DREAM, NOT A REALITY, AND % IN THIS SITUATION, WE HAVE % CHILDREN THAT ARE IN HOME FOR % THEIR WHERE THEY ARE % EXPERIENCING ABUSE AND THEY % DON’T HAVE ANY MECHANISM TO % TELL WHAT IS HAPPENING >> WHAT ARE YOU SEEING IN CHILD ABUSE REPORTING QUESTION MARK % >> IF YOU COMPARE JANUARY AND % FEBRUARY 220 19, TO JANUARY AND FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR, THEY % WERE RIGHT ON PAR, SO, WE HAVE % THESE TRENDS THAT WERE VERY % SIMILAR, VERY CONSISTENT, REPORTED, AND THEN WHEN IT % COMES TO MARCH, AND IT COMES TO APRIL, YOU SEE THIS DRAMATIC % DROP ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU LOOK % AT APRIL, THAT THAT IS WHERE WE CEASE TO CLIMB TO 40%, DURING % CEASE TO CLIMB TO 40%, DURING % THAT MONTH OF APRIL, IN APRIL % WHAT IS HAPPENING, KIDS WERE % NOT IN SCHOOL, KIDS WERE AT % HOME, THEY WEREN’T ABLE TO % LEAVE, AND THAT IS WHY WE SEE, % WE BELIEVE THE SIGNIFICANT % DECLINE, SO WHAT WE ARE SEEING % AROUND THE COUNTRY IS ANYWHERE % FROM 40 TO 70% AND REPORTING, % AND WHAT WE ARE SEEING IN THE % COMMUNITY, HAS BEEN RIGHT AT % EXACTLY A 50% DECLINE, IN THE % NUMBER OF REPORTS, OF CHILD % PROTECTIVE SERVICES, AND TO LAW ENFORCEMENT DURING THIS TIME % IT’S NOT THAT ABUSE ISN’T % HAPPENING, IT’S JUST THE KIDS % DON’T HAVE THE ABILITY TO TELL, BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF THE % DISCLOSURES OF ABUSE ARE % ACTUALLY REPORTED BY % EDUCATIONAL AUTHORITIES

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% >> HOW DIFFICULT IS IT WHEN % CHILDREN ARE NOT GOING TO % SCHOOL EVERYDAY IN PERSON? % >> WHEN THIS, WHEN THE MEDICAL % CRISIS THAT WE ARE UNDER IS % OVER, WERE STILL GOING TO HAVE % A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE, WERE % GOING TO SEE THIS DRAMATIC % SURGE IN SPIKE OF REPORTING WHEN CHILDREN DO RETURN TO % SCHOOL, IT’S GOING TO QUITE % FRANKLY OVERWHELM THE SYSTEM % IT’S GOING TO BE VERY % CHALLENGING, TO SUDDENLY SEE % THIS BACKLOG OF CASES, ALL % COMMON % WE KNOW THIS FROM OUR % EXPERIENCE, BECAUSE EVERY YEAR, WHEN WE RETURN FROM SUMMER % VACATION, AFTER THE FIRST % COUPLE OF WEEKS KIDS ARE % ACCLIMATING AND WE SEE A SPIKE % IN THE REPORTS, THINGS THAT % CHILDREN ARE NOW REPORTING THAT THEY HADN’T TOLD BEFORE, WE SEE IT AFTER THE HOLIDAYS, DURING % WINTER, ALSO % AND WE ARE NOT ALONE, COUNTRIES ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE % EXPERIENCING THE SIMILAR % DECLINES IN REPORTING, AND IT % IS PRETTY UNIFORM AND % UNIVERSAL % >> HOW DOES UNEMPLOYMENT OR % FURTHER STRAIN ON THE FAMILY % IMPACT THIS TYPE OF THING? % >> THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO % ARE JUST COOL, WE KNOW THAT, SO PHYSICAL ABUSE IS SOMETIMES % EXACERBATED % WHEN PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED, % WHEN PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED, % WHEN THEY YOU KNOW, LIFE IS NOT GOING WELL, AND IF YOU ARE % UNEMPLOYED AND YOU CAN PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE, AND YOU FEEL % GUILTY, AND YOU FEEL TERRIBLE, % AND YOUR KIDS ARE GETTING ON % YOUR NERVES, AND YOU LOSE YOUR % COOL, AND DO SOMETHING

% THE FACT THAT WE ARE SEEING % THAT DYNAMIC, SO DEFINITELY % STRESSORS, INCREASING THE % LIKELIHOOD OF ABUSE >> IF YOU SUSPECT CHILD ABUSE, %

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