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Wallace Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month, Supports Bill for Greater Access to Hotline

04/13/2017

ROCKFORD, Ill. – As Child Abuse Prevention Month is recognized nationally in April, state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, is working to pass legislation requiring schools to post information on the child abuse hotline.

“Child abuse is a traumatic experience that leaves long-term effects on those who are impacted,” Wallace said. “This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, which is why I am proud to support efforts that improve the ability for individuals to report suspected cases.”

Wallace voted to pass House Bill 370, which would require public and charter schools to post the current telephone number of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’ abuse reporting hotline. The information must be presented in English and Spanish, and placed in an easily accessible, visible area that students would routinely see. The bill received bipartisan support in the House, and now awaits consideration in the Senate.

If residents ever suspect signs of child abuse, they are encouraged to call the hotline at 1-800-25-ABUSE (1-800-252-2873). If they believe a child is in immediate harm, they should always call 911.

“Too many tragedies occur due to an unwillingness to report,” Wallace said. “Many of us do not want to get involved in what we consider somebody else’s personal business, but when it comes to abuse, we need to be actively involved to allow our children to grow up in a safer community.”

For more information, please contact Wallace’s constituent service office at 815-987-7433 or at litesa@staterepwallace.com.


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