BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI) - Experts say reports to the Indiana Child Abuse Hotline jumped eleven percent last year. That's roughly a call every two minutes.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb proclaimed February 15th "Day of the Child." It seems fitting a local organization would take the same day to train others how to spot the signs and prevent child sexual abuse.
Data released by the Indiana Youth Institute shows the number of substantiated child abuse claims have gone up in the Hoosier State.
In a special training course, representatives of Susie's Place focused on sexual abuse. Susie's Place is a child advocacy center where children can be interviewed in a safe and comfortable setting. The event took place at the First United Methodist Church in Brazil, Indiana.
Melissa Brown is a forensic interviewer. She says each child is different so the signs something is wrong can be different. Some may act out while other may become quiet. She says adults need to be perceptive.
If a child says they are being abused, Brown says it is important to listen and ensure the child they will be okay and you will get them help.
Indiana law requires anyone who knows a child is being abused to report it. Call local police or the Department of Child Services Hotline at 1-800-800-5556.