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North Dakota Child Abuse and Neglect on the Rise

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Statistics show the number of child abuse and neglect cases is on the rise in North Dakota. After reaching a peak rate of 11 victims per 1,000 children back in 2004, the number started to decline until 2011. 

Last year, the rate was back up to nine victims per 1,000 children. The rise is consistent with the state's population growth.

"Whenever you have more people you're going to have more incidents, it just is logical," says Director of Children and Family Services, Shari Doe. "If you look at the area where the reports are occurring the increases are occurring all over the state. So it isn't happening in just one area."

If you suspect abuse or neglect, you are encouraged to contact your county social service agency or law enforcement.

For more information about child abuse prevention visit the Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota site at http://www.pcand.org and the North Dakota Child Protection Program through the North Dakota Department of Human Services' website, http://www.nd.gov/dhs/services/childfamily/cps/.

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