Dr. Patti Patterson on how to deal with child sexual abuse

Published: May. 1, 2015 at 2:58 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 30, 2015 at 6:21 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - April Is Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Even here in Lubbock, about 300 kids come into the emergency room every year the victim of sexual abuse.

Dr. Patti Patterson, a Texas Tech pediatrician, says we can help put a stop to this... by watching for the clues.

"If a child is just uncomfortable going somewhere. Also, sometimes they'll regress, maybe start wetting the bed, something like anger outbursts, some of those things can be indicative. In cases of sexual abuse, they often think that it's their fault. So, it's very important for the parent to be calm, to be reassuring and to not blame them."

Dr. Patterson adds that it's rarely a stranger to blame for sexual assault of a child... but instead, it's someone that child has trusted.

If you suspect any form of child abuse, Texas Child Protective Services operates a 24 hour hotline.

Just call 1-800-252-5400.

Or for immediate help, you can always call 911.

For more information, go to http://www.childwelfare.gov

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