BUFFALO, N.Y. – More and more cases of child abuse in Western New York are going unsolved, and experts say it’s because people aren’t speaking up.
Judith Olin from Child & Adolescent Treatment Services deals with the severe cases of child abuse each and every day. “We all want justice when we see a child being hurt,” she said.
Her office works with law enforcement to provide a safe place for children to be interviewed and recover from abuse. Much of the problem in solving these cases. Olin says is that children can’t speak for themselves, making it take longer for police to bring the person or persons responsible to justice.
Statistics show that 47 percent of child abuse victims are under the age of 6. One in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
Last week 7 Eyewitness News told you that a 6-week-old baby from Cheektowaga was in Women and Children’s Hospital, recovering from serious injuries. Cheektowaga Police say they’re working on leads, and compiling a timeline of who had contact with the infant.
Almost one year after her death was ruled a homicide in Jamestown, 16-month-old Nayla Hodnett’s aunt is still looking for who killed her baby girl.
“A lot of times you hear babies crying, you just walk away or turn your head because you’re worried about that person and the adult. Well what about the baby?” Camille Hodnett said.
If you or someone you know is a victim of child abuse, experts urge you to call this phone number to report it: 1-800-342-3720.