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      April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

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      In Nebraska, there were over 30,000 calls to reportchild abuse in just one year, 2011. About half of those were substantiated. Over 5000 children were involved in those calls where a problem was found.

      Kids Count is an organization that looks at four major categories torank states regarding child well-being.

      • They are education,economic well-being, health, and safety and risky behaviors.
      • Kids Count explainsthat a child's well being is linked in many ways to its state's well-being.
      • Nebraska ranks 9 of50 overall.

      Nebraska is a mandatory reporting state. If you suspect a child has been subjected to child abuse or neglect, call the hotline to report the incident to authorities. The toll-free hotline number is 1-800-652-1999.

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