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If a Child Outcries…

DO THIS

  • Remain calm.
  • Believe the child.
  • Allow the child to talk.
  • Show interest and concern.
  • Reassure and support the child.
  • Take action. It could save a child’s life.

DON'T DO THIS

  • Panic or overreact.
  • Press the child to talk.
  • Promise anything you can’t control.
  • Confront the offender.
  • Blame or minimize the child’s feelings.
  • Overwhelm the child with questions.

Remember, you are obligated by law to report suspected child abuse.