The Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the 2019 version of ‘Child Maltreatment 2017’. It says the commonwealth reported more than 22,000 victims, or about 22 out of every 1,000 children – rating first in the nation and more then double the national average.
Indiana is close behind with 18.6 victims per 1,000 children.
Indiana ranked third in the country in 2017 child abuse death rates, with almost five deaths per 100,000. The report says Kentucky child abuse deaths dropped for the third straight year. In 2017, 10 child fatalities were attributed to abuse.
Rankings are from 1 (worst) to 52 (best) and include Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
States provide the information through the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, which clarifies that a victim is a child for whom the state was able to substantially determine was maltreated. Nationwide, around 75 percent of victims are neglected, 18 percent are physically abused and 8.6 percent are sexually abused.
In Kentucky, the number to call to report suspected child abuse is (877) KY-SAFE1 (597-2331).
In Indiana, call (800) 800-5556.
The National Child Abuse Hotline, (800) 4-A-CHILD (422-4453), offers professional crisis counselors who can provide intervention, information and referrals to emergency, social service and support resources.