As hospitals see more severe child abuse injuries during coronavirus, ‘the worst is yet to come’

York Daily Record

May 13, 2020

By Candy Woodall

— Pediatricians and child protection advocates say lawmakers need to take immediate action to stop the abuse and save lives.

— Advocates say they are responding to more physical abuse cases than ever before, and they are severe

— A child who was being sexually abuse once or twice a week is being abused more now

— For the first time in its 25-year history, RAINN said half of the victims calling are minors

— Anyone who suspects a child is being abused or neglected should contact ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313

Pennsylvania hospitals are treating more children with severe child abuse injuries, indicating the state’s most vulnerable kids are not safe at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Several advocates and pediatricians who specialize in child abuse say they are seeing an increase in the number of abused children who need to be hospitalized.

And in perhaps the most grim outlook, a Penn State pediatrician says “the worst is yet to come.”

“We’re worried we’re at the beginning of an onslaught of cases,” said Dr. Lori Frasier, chief of the child abuse pediatrics division at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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