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Lennon Police Department
Tuesday April 5th, 2011 :: 08:21 a.m. EDT


Child Abuse Prevention

Children who are abused may show physical and behavioral signs. Please pay attention to the treatment of children around you. You may be a child’s only lifeline to safety. Child abuse is everyone’s business.

Physical abuse – an injury to a child that is not an accident; for example, hurting a child by hitting, burning, biting, or shaking.

Sexual abuse – any sexual contact with a child, including exhibitionism, photographs or films, orprostitution.

Physical neglect or endangerment – failure to give the child food, clothing, medical care, shelter, or supervision. A parent may endanger a child by not using a child safety seat when traveling in a vehicle.
Emotional abuse and neglect – an abusive parent may scare a child by threatening to leave him or her, ormay be severely critical. A neglectful parent may not spend any time with the child or may never show thechild any affection. A neglectful parent may not provide enough food or medical attention.

National Statistics – 2003
During 2003, an estimated 906,000 children were victims of abuse or neglect with an estimated 2.9 millionreferrals—at a rate of 39 referrals per 1,000 children. Nationally, 63% of child victims experienced neglect
(including medical neglect), 18% were physically abused, 10% were sexually abused, and 5% were emotionally or psychologically maltreated. Nationally an estimated 1,500 children died of abuse or neglect in 2003 in the United States. (Source: National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information 2004)

Lennon Police Department
11910 Lennon Rd
Lennon, MI 48449

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 810-621-4591

Ian Zoll

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