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Governor: Statistics key in reducing abuse

November 4, 2011

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— Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday said instances of child abuse could be reduced by publicly reporting county-by-county child abuse statistics.

He said that would prompt questions and drive actions on the local level to focus on child abuse, which he described as “one of the great plagues of society.”

Brownback said his administration was going to regularly publicize county-by-county child abuse numbers.

He also said a key factor in reducing child abuse was improving the economy. When parents do well, he said, children do well.

His comments were made before more than 500 people at the 35th annual Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center.

From July through the end of September, Kansas recorded 14,850 Children in Need of Care reports, according to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. SRS reports the information on its website and breaks it down by county. In Douglas County during that period there were 458 CINC reports, which is about 3 percent of the statewide total.

Dona Booe, chief executive officer and president of the Kansas Children’s Service League, said that nationally in 2009, 1,800 children died from child abuse.

“That’s a tragedy that we cannot continue to let happen,” Booe said.

She said helping people become “successful” parents would reduce child abuse. That requires helping them learn to nurture children, to become resilient to stresses in life, to be connected to communities and to be economically stable, she said.

Statehouse reporter Scott Rothschild can be reached at 785-423-0668.

Comments

somebodynew 2 years, 12 months ago

While I am not saying this is a bad idea, (see I am not automatically against everything from BB), one must keep in mind that Child In Need of Care reports can cover a lot more that just child abuse. Assuming things work they way they used to when I had knowledge of such things, the reports are filed for a lot of things from simple 'run-aways', to actual child abuse. All I am saying is be careful on your intereptation of "statistics".

Now for the other part of that - I am sure children do better when parents do. However, I have not seen one thing from this Administration that does anything to improve the economic status for parents.

Oh, wait, I guess he has prayed for them - maybe if he found time inbetween mentioning his high dollar friends.

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Kendall Simmons 2 years, 12 months ago

I can't figure out why the governor really thinks that releasing already-public statistics is going to change a darned thing.

I mean, he says that this will "prompt questions and drive actions on the local level to focus on child abuse". But does he seriously think that counties and communities within those counties aren't doing much, if anything, about child abuse already? Does he think people don't already care that kids are abused...and that a "contest" will make them care?

Frankly, the best I can come up with is that our governor thinks that publishing figures will make up for cutting funding to those who work to end the problem and/or to help survivors. That, by publishing these figures, counties and communities will be somehow shamed into increasing property and local sales taxes to make up for the governor's state budget cuts. If that's the case, the person who really ought to be ashamed is the governor.

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somebodynew 2 years, 12 months ago

Bingo, Acorn..

I like how he says that this will prompt questions and drive actions on the local lever, but so far all he has done is take a lot of the "local" our of it by trying to close offices unless the locals pay the ransom. Guess maybe he wants the 'locals' to pay more for providing services also.

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chootspa 2 years, 12 months ago

Ah yes, now tax cuts for the rich are even a way to fight against child abuse. Plus shaming counties who report child abuse is now a tool to reduce reporting- er abuse rates.

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pace 2 years, 12 months ago

My god, did this idiot claim the abusers would quit beating and killing their children if they got tax cuts.

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JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 12 months ago

I wonder what the judge in Texas earned per year. Was he living below the poverty line? I don't think child abuse is a function of class, race, income, religion or anything else. Abusers are sick people. This is why the state hospitals should be kept open and other social services should be not just adequately funded, but WELL funded. Thinking abuse will evaporate just because incomes rise is ridiculous. Abusers always find reasons to abuse.

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pace 2 years, 12 months ago

Some child abuse can be stopped through good parenthood education, You can learn different parenting techniques than how you were raised. Some child abuse is stopped by counseling and learning about child development. That education is pretty effective. But a degree or high paying job is not the cut off for child abusers. That idea is stupid, wrong, potentially deadly. In the old days, police and courts would assume the white collar or well to do didn't beat his wife and children, the society wife didn't torture her children. This left victims suffering behind the blind of class prejudice. Anyone who has been working against child abuse can tell you trouble spots, statistics, but a strong smart social worker, with a support of a healthy family court system, with a police force trained in response is what any community wants. If they have concern about children being killed, tortured, beat, starved, that support is the opposite of what Gov. Brownback has delivered. He has stolen resources from every agency concerned, he has increased corruption of social services, he has degraded the infrastructure that generations of Kansans have built up, in their fight against child abuse. Governor Brownback has KOed, the fight against child abuse in Kansas. He is willing to sacrifice children, women, families, homes, the elderly, the poor in his ego driven killing spree on decent Kansans. He will win the Koch bro"s loyalty and support.

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Confrontation 2 years, 12 months ago

Brownback has made sure that many, many social workers have lost their jobs. The case load for each SRS social worker is beyond anything that most of us could handle. Want to help these kids, Brownback? Hire more social workers! If a child dies from child abuse after a report is made to SRS, then social workers take the blame. The state should take the blame for not having enough of these workers to do timely investigations. They already have low salaries, and they'd need to work unpaid overtime to even try to put a dent in their work load.

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pace 2 years, 12 months ago

Brownback taking resources from every agency that fights child abuse, social workers, police, family courts. for his tax cuts

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verity 2 years, 12 months ago

"Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday said instances of child abuse could be reduced by publicly reporting county-by-county child abuse statistics."

No, he didn't. Not even Brownback can be that stupid. Surely he was misquoted or misunderstood. We can't have a governor who would say something that stupid. Can we?

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