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Smart Talk: Pennsylvanians unsure on child abuse

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 19, 2014 4:00 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, May 20, 2014:

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There seems to be some uncertainty about child abuse in Pennsylvania.

A new survey commissioned by the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance shows that only 17% of those responding believe that child abuse is a serious problem.  Of those polled who had witnessed child abuse take place, only one third reported the abuse to Childline at the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

Part of the issue is that adults witnessing an instance of abuse may not know what constitutes abuse.  Many recall the type of disciplinary measures they received as a child, and are unsure where the line should be drawn.  Others fear that reporting abuse or neglect would make the situation worse for the child or would bring legal repercussions to themselves.  

Pennsylvania recently enacted several pieces of legislation to combat child abuse based on recommendations from the Task Force on Child Protection.

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Angela Liddle from the(PFSA)and Attorney Jason Kutulakis

On Tuesday's Smart Talk, Angela Liddle from the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA) will be joined by Attorney Jason Kutulakis, who was a member of the Governor’s appointed Task Force on Child Protection.

If you have witnessed child abuse please contact Childline at (800)932-0313.

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  • Lisa img 2014-05-20 08:42

    I'm going to play devil's advocate here. Having a child is not a right, it is a privilege. I wonder why it is that we are required to be tested for competence in driving a car, but not in having children. If I wish to adopt a pet from the Humane League, I've got to fill out all kinds of paperwork proving that I will be a good caregiver for that animal, but I don't have to fill out anything to prove I will be a good caregiver for my natural born child. Most abuse comes from within the home. Maybe it is time for competency requirements to be put in place before one can become a parent.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-05-20 08:46

    Don emails:
    Once again Jason said don't investigate if a person who works with children with autism IDD are some special-needs doesn't investigate parents will be put through a living hell because a child said hotdog in my mouth really

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-05-20 08:49

    Alice emails:
    If the word abuse goes through your mind call the abuse hot line and talk to someone. It's not your job to decide if it is abuse. But you should call!
    I was a mandated reporter.....But I still call the hot line when I am concerned about a situation -- no hesitation!