What to do if you see a child being abused


by Evan Sernoffsky, kgw.com staff


Posted on April 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 12:46 PM

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.

More: Police seek child abuse suspect at Oregon Zoo

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.

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Numbers for Oregon 

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.