PORTLAND – A witness Tuesday called police after seeing a woman kick, smack and then push her young daughter into a cement wall at the Oregon Zoo.
Authorities urge anyone who witnesses a child being abused, neglected or maltreated to immediately contact child protective services or law enforcement—it may even save a child’s life.
In Oregon, professionals that work with children, like physicians, school employees, coaches and members of the clergy, are required to report suspected child abuse.
On Tuesday, however, it was a bystander who chose step up in defense of the young girl.
Reporting child abuse:
If someone is hurt or in danger, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: Staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with professional crisis counselors who have access to a database of 55,000 emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous. Contact them at 1.800.4.A.CHILD (1.800.422.4453).
Administration for Children and Families: Promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities.
Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect: In some States, any person who suspects child abuse or neglect is required to report.