Sunday, November 18, 2012

rise in child abuse cases



Posted 6:35 PM 5/23/2012 : Child abuse cases on rise

TUCSON - The number of child abuse cases just in the past year in Pima County, has increased by almost 50%. Plus, with summer approaching the number of cases is only expected to rise.

"Yes, it's not uncommon to see child abuse peak during the summer months," said Kathy Rau, Executive Director for Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center. Rau says parents need to walk away if they lose their temper. "Remove yourself from the situation before you do something drastic."

Experts also say drug abuse and child abuse often go hand in hand. "Abuse is more likely. Neglect is a certainty. You can't abuse dangerous drugs and take good care of your kids," said Chris Swensen-Smith, Division Director of Children and Family Services at Pima County Juvenile Court.

Yasenia Campos had an alcohol and drug problem. Her kids were taken away. Now, 8 years later, she's a recovery support specialist.

"At the end I got my kids back, now I'm a proud mother of 4, working with drug court and just giving back to the community and to the families what was so freely given to me," said Campos.

"It's okay to ask for help. It's okay to call a friend. It's okay to talk to family members, but get some help for yourself before we end up with a tragedy," said Rau.

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