Although many don't realize it, thousands of people are abused and neglected everyday, often by the people who are closest to them like family, friends, sitters, neighbors, teachers, and coaches.
If you or someone you know is being abused or neglected, you can call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at:
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If you aren’t sure what abuse is, click HERE to read an explanation of different ways a person can be abused or neglected.
The Hotline counselors are there 365 days a year to help those who are worried about a situation of abuse or neglect. The call is free and anonymous. (The Hotline counselors don't know who you are and you don't have to tell them.) You can call this number if you live in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Hotline counselor will not tape the telephone conversation or ask for your name (unless you ask to have literature mailed to you).