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Child abuse is more than bruises or broken bones. While physical abuse is shocking due to the scars it leaves, not all child abuse is as obvious.
CHILD ABANDONMENT—occurs when a parent, guardian, or person in charge of a child either deserts a child without any regard for the child's physical health, safety or welfare and with the intention of wholly abandoning the child, or in some instances, fails to provide necessary care for a child living under their roof.
CHILD NEGLECT—a very common type of child abuse—is a pattern of failing to provide for a child's basic needs, whether it be adequate food, clothing, hygiene, or supervision. Child neglect is not always easy to spot. Sometimes, a parent might become physically or mentally unable to care for a child, such as with a serious injury, untreated depression, or anxiety. Other times, alcohol or drug abuse may seriously impair judgment and the ability to keep a child safe.
REPORT IT!—If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, it's critical to get them the help he or she needs. DON'T WAIT! You can report tips on suspected activity by contacting your local law enforcement agency (police department, sheriff, or nearest local police post).Click Here For More Resources and Information on Child Abuse & Neglect.
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Cogee, Founder and President of Hands Off Our Children, is an established talk show radio personality. After a year of dedicating one 3-hr show a month to the topic of child-abuse awareness on Cogee's weekly talk show, Conversations With Cogee, The Hands Off Our Children Show premiered in January of 2012, featuring several high profile leaders and advocates of the movement. Some names include Ed Smart -President of the SPC(Surviving Parents Coalition), Linda Walker (SPC), Erin Runnion, Kevin "The Monster" Randleman (Former UFC Champion), Angela Rose (P.A.V.E),Vicki Kelly advocate/Co-Founder of the Tommy Foundation, Bob Hamer - former FBI agent and author of "The Last Undercover". Each week Cogee, along with co-hosts Miss Peaches and Elsa, discuss current up-to-date news involving sexual child abuse, jaw-dropping testimonies from individuals who have survived abuse, along with several eye-opening tips from law enforcement, activists, lawyers, teachers, and much much more!