Stauffer: child abuse cases declining, community better at recognizing signs of abuse

There is good news to report from the Children’s Justice Center of Cache County where abused children are taken for interviews and medical exams in a child-friendly place surrounded by teddy bears.The center’s executive director, retired Cache County Sheriffs Chief Deputy Mike Stauffer, says things are looking up as far as statistics are concerned. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Stauffer said in 2008 332 child abuse cases were handled in Cache, Rich, and Box Elder counties. But in 2011, the number was down to 240. Stauffer said one reason may be that neighbors and family members recognize the signs better.”Law enforcement, the county attorneys office, the Division of Child and Family Services, I think that investigatory community is more efficient and effective in investigating these cases and getting down to the bottom what really happened now,” Stauffer explained. “And of course there are stricter penalties for child abusers than there used to be.”But of course he said one case of child abuse is too many. An organization called Friends of the Childrens Justice Center did a great deal of work to get the center opened in Logan and Stauffer said the Friends group has also organized the annual fundraiser being held on Friday, February 10.

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