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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

Alyssa Meyers


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?

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?

  • 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

  • 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?

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

Or a Copy of this Presentation

  • Alyssa Meyers

    • [email protected]

    • Weebly.com/xlyssabell


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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