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Born December 28, 2002 Father was deployed to Iraq Mother began dating a new man January 2005 Broken Collarbone Was placed with her paternal grandmother, but visited her mother. Kelsey Briggs. April 2005

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  • Born December 28, 2002

  • Father was deployed to Iraq

  • Mother began dating a new man

  • January 2005

    • Broken Collarbone

  • Was placed with her paternal grandmother, but visited her mother

Kelsey Briggs


  • April 2005

  • Placed in State Department of Human Services Custody, then with her maternal grandmother

  • June 2005

  • October 11, 2005

“The last time I saw her, the way she looked, the way she acted- She looked like she was dying. She was not the same child.”

- Kathi Briggs

(Kelsey’s Grandmother)

http//:www.kelseyspurpose.org


Child abuse in america alive and well
Child Abuse in America: Alive and Well

Alyssa Meyers


Different forms of abuse
Different Forms of Abuse

  • Physical

    • Burns, Bruises, Fractures, Poisoning, Asphyxiation, Sprains, Dislocations, Drowning

  • Sexual

    • Rape, Incest, Assault, Prostitution

  • Neglect

    • Lack of Supervision, Medical, Malnutrition

  • Emotional & Spiritual

    • Ongoing Degradation or Humiliation, Brainwashing

: Pennsylvania DPW Child Abuse Reports


Who are the Abusers?

: 2007 Pennsylvania DPW Child Abuse Report


The Victims

  • Race

  • Gender

  • Age (Out of 6,157 Substantiated Cases in 2007)

    • Under age 1 = 345 (6%)

    • Ages 1-4 = 864 (14%)

    • Ages 5-9 = 1,478 (24%)

    • Ages 10-14 = 2,065 (33%)

    • Ages 15-17 = 1,227 (20%)

    • Over 17 = 128 (2%)

: Pennsylvania DPW Child Abuse Reports


Who is to blame
Who is to Blame?

Abuse is NEVER the victims fault.

There is nothing a child can do to deserve these types of maltreatment.


What can we do to help
What Can We Do to Help?

  • Get to know the families in your community

  • Help a family who is feeling overwhelmed

  • Learn how to recognize and report signs of child abuse and/or neglect

  • Don’t always jump to conclusions: Children do get minor injuries while playing. Cuts or bruises are expected once in awhile in active young people

Child Welfare Information Gateway: Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect


Reporting suspected abuse
Reporting Suspected Abuse

  • Be sure to document any suspicions of abuse

    • Dates on which bruises, cuts, signs of malnutrition, etc., were noticed

    • Location of physical signs of abuse

    • Any suspicious moods, stories or comments from the child that might indicate sexual or emotional abuse

  • If suspicions continue, authorities should be made aware of the possible mistreatment

“Reporting your concerns may protect a child and get help for a family who needs it. “

– ChildWelfare.gov


Who can you tell
Who Can You Tell?

Several websites and hotlines have been set up to aid these children, but they can’t help if they are never contacted.

Visit : www.childwelfare.gov/responding/ reporting.cfm

Or Call : ChildLine1-800-932-0313

(PA) For Parent & Professional Support and Education, call: Pennsylvania Support Alliance

1-800-448-4906

“..Because the children

need you!”


For more information
For More Information

Or a Copy of this Presentation


Works cited
Works Cited

  • Child Welfare Information Gateway, "Protecting Chlidren, Strengthening Families". U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. September 12, 2009 <http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/statistics/can.cfm>.

  • Davis, Lonna & Whitney, Pamela. Child Maltreatment. 4 vols. California: Sage Publications, 1999.

  • Family, Briggs. "Kelsey's Purpose". Kelsey Briggs's Family. September 12, 2009 <http://www.kelseyspurpose.org/>.

  • "Pennsylvania Child Abuse Laws". FindLaw. September 12, 2009 <http://law.findlaw.com/state- laws/child-abuse/pennsylvania/>.

  • O'Meara, Sarah. "National Child Abuse Statistics". ChildHelp. September 12, 2009 <http://www.childhelp.org/>.

  • Volpe, Joseph, S. "Effects of Domestic Violence on Children and Adolescents". American

  • Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. September 12, 2009 <http://www.aaets.org/article8.htm>.


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