PIKEVILLE, KY.-Child abuse rates in the Kentucky are among the highest in the entire nation and in an effort to raise awareness about that issue, Mr. Gatti’s held their second pinwheel planting ceremony where over 80 people in attendance heard guest speaker Pike County Attorney Howard Keith Hall not only talked about the seriousness of child abuse cases, but how complex they are.
“Even though the public doesn’t get to see everything there are many of these cases and they are very complex. Child abuse is pretty widespread and no one really knows how to define it because there is very subtle cases where someone may have a dirty home, the child may be hungry, not properly fed, there may be financial issues, up to the most serious sexual abuse of children. So it’s a very tough problem to diagnose and very complex to assess it and correct it.”
If you suspect a child is being abused, you are urged to contact your local law enforcement agency.
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