Child abuse is not only traumatic to the child, but can cause life-long problems for the abused and the family.  About 28,000 child abuse cases were reported in Illinois last year.  Child abuse can cause many emotional and physical issues for the individual.

It can arise in several forms says, Dr. Laura Loesel, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at SIU School of Medicine.

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Dr. Loesel says these children’s medical problems are often the result of physical and sexual abuse or lack of a safe home environment. She says the role of the medical community is to provide medical care to child abuse victims, assist the families with services and to report the abuse to the Department of Children and Family Services.  To learn more about protecting children from abuse, click here:  www.state.il.us/dcfs

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