By Ashley Meeks firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: 05/21/2011 11:03:33 PM MDT
Silver City Sun New
LAS CRUCES New Mexico - Of 4,741 reports of child abuse in Doña Ana County last year, just 745 - 15.7 percent - were substantiated, according to a Children, Youth and Families Department draft report.
That's a sign that people aren't willing to keep suspected abuse quiet, said Dr. Earl Nissen, a member of the CYFD Advisory Board.
"Even if we have all these unsubstantiated reports right now, we've saved 144 kids who are in custody (of foster families) that wouldn't be reported otherwise," Nissen said. "That's a good thing."
Most of those reports of abuse in Doña Ana County alleged that children were being physically neglected. Of 3,178 such reports, only 583, or 18.3 percent were found to have merit. The rates of substantiated physical abuse and sexual abuse claims were even lower: Of 1,440 reports of physical abuse, just 152 were substantiated, while 10 of the 123 claims of sexual abuse had merit, according to the draft report. FULL STORY
This article needs a different title. Perhaps FALSE REPORTING IS PANDEMIC. Actually, this is STILL the approximate 85% false allegation rate I reported about a year ago- "85% of all child abuse reports are unfounded"
What other population receives this level of harassment?
And why should we tolerate it?