Child Abuse in Oregon
The first step toward helping is to recognize signs of child abuse. Children often can’t or won’t speak up if their parents, caregivers, or third-party individuals are abusing them. They rely on you and others in the community to recognize when something isn’t right and to act upon your suspicions in order to help protect them.
Warning signs include:
Physical signs present on the child
Behavioral signs or statements made by the child, or
Behavioral signs or statements made by the parent or caregiver.
Any single concern may or may not mean that abuse is occurring. But observing any of these indicators –– especially when more than one is present –– should prompt you to think about what might be happening and report your suspicions.
Oregon’s children are relying on you and others in the community to observe, recognize and report concerns of child abuse.
For more information:
What You Can Do About Child Abuse Guide