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Improved reporting of child abuse

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THE Guam Child Protective Services has reported significant improvement in the number of cases received by their agency in 2011. CPS statistics indicate a total of 1,897 referrals in 2011 compared to 1,403 in 2010.

According to Lydia Tenorio, human services administrator of the Bureau of Social Services Administration, there is also a significant spike in statistics for this quarter as the community becomes more aware of the importance of reporting.

The increase in reporting has been attributed to the concerted effort by agencies and organizations involved in providing programs and services to victims of child abuse and neglect.

Tenorio stated: “Our efforts are not done alone, we do partner up with other agencies and providers that assist us in our interventions of preventing child abuse and neglect.”

In terms of recent initiatives to help victims, Tenorio mentioned the passage of legislation authored by Vice Speaker BJ Cruz last year regarding the formation of a task force on the prevention of sexual abuse. An area of focus is the development of curriculum, modules, and trainings for the public schools.

This month, Guam CPS and partner agencies are spearheading the commemoration of Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. The national theme for 2012 is “Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action.”

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