Protecting Children Through Awareness

Neglect and physical abuse are the most common types of child abuse reported in Potter and Randall counties. That, according to the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Today kicks off Child Abuse Awareness month and agencies around the area are working to bring attention to the issue.

Almost 13-hundred children were the victims of abuse in Potter and Randall counties in 2007.

Greg Cunningham of DFPS says, "this is a community issue. If you think about it, the kids really are our future so we need to protect them."

Cunningham says things to look for are changes in behavior, bruises with patterns, and grades dropping in school.

The Bridge Advocacy Group says children most often report abuse to their teachers. And 99 percent of the time, the abuse is at the hands of someone the child knows and trusts.