CHICAGO (CBS) — The Aurora Police Department has urged residents to be more aware of the signs of child abuse, and not to fear calling police to check out any suspicions.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, and Aurora Police Det. Kevin Jenkins said people should call police or the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services if they notice any signs a child is the victim of abuse or neglect.
“People need to just trust their instinct. If you see a young child and they have a bruise, or there’s something obvious that is pretty much unexplainable, or the kid maybe gives an explanation that really doesn’t make sense; that’s kind of a clue that maybe there’s something going on,” he said
Det. Jen Hillgoth said some people think they’d be bothering police or child welfare officials by phoning in their suspicions, or don’t want to be wrong.
“I can’t stress enough. We will never be too busy to handle or look into any kind of suspected child maltreatment, abuse, neglect, sexual abuse,” she said.
Detective Jenkins agreed, and encouraged relatives, friends, neighbors, teachers and others to “make a phone call” if they notice signs of child abuse or neglect.
“Don’t be afraid,” he said. “If you’re wrong, you’re wrong.”