At The Parent Child Center, we are saddened and outraged to hear of the alleged child sexual abuse reports at Penn State University. Our mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect. In Oklahoma, it is the law to report suspected child abuse.
Every person in Oklahoma who has reason to believe that a child under 18 has been abused or neglected or is in danger of being abused or neglected is required by law to promptly make a report. Failure to report child abuse is a misdemeanor offense. A person who reports suspected abuse in “good faith” is immune from criminal and civil liability.
To report, call your local Department of Human Services or the Oklahoma Child Abuse Hotline 1 800 522-3511
If the child is in imminent danger, contact 911 or local law enforcement.
In the coming days we will be releasing a set of videos addressing child sexual abuse and how to report it. Stay Tuned.
Please help The Parent Child Center in our efforts to stop child abuse and neglect in Oklahoma.
Update 11/16/11 9:51am:
- Confront it immediately. Don’t ignore it. Don’t wait to see what will happen next.
- Report it immediately. Go up and go out to all relevant authorities, through all possible channels, including alerting the public entities charged with protecting children, i.e. child welfare and law enforcement.
- Follow up immediately. Ask what is being done. Persist in demanding action. Don’t allow others to ignore it.
-Desiree Doherty, Executive Director, The Parent Child Center of Tulsa
Update: 11/16/11 2:59pm:
A video on child sexual abuse and the Penn State scandal from Dr. Stacey Leakey, PCCT’s Children’s Treatment Manager
Update: 11/16/11 4:01pm: Here are some additional resources you may find useful.
From Psychology Today: How and When to Talk to Your Child About Sexual Abuse
From ABC News:Talking To Your Kids About Sexual Abuse. Author of “My Body Belongs to Me” discusses how to teach your kids about abuse.
Update 11/17/11 9:36am
Last night KTUL Channel 8 had a story on the local fallout from the Penn State Scandal featuring our Executive Director, Desiree Doherty. Here’s the video…
Update 11/17/11 1:28pm
Here is a new video from our Dr. Stacey Leakey on how to report child abuse:
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network on Child Sexual Abuse