Danger for kids could be at home

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TX - Child abuse prevention advocates want kids to know, anyone can hurt them...and not just strangers.

For years, advocates say they've preached "stranger danger" to kids. Things like 'don't talk to strangers because they may harm you.'

However, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 2000 Panhandle children were confirmed victims of abuse last year. The bulk of them, nearly 97 percent were victims at the hands of someone inside their own home.

Advocates are urging children to speak to someone they trust if they are being abused by anyone.they are also asking those listening and watching to not be afraid to report signs of abuse.

"If you have any doubt, call it in, if it was nothing, great, but if it was, you saved terrible memories for a child that would last them their entire lives." said abuse advocate Pinkie Porcher.

According to abuse advocates, only one in ten child abuse victims are reported.