News 4 goes in depth to learn the hidden signs of child abuse


by Staff

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 12:11 PM

(KMOV) – In light of recent events concerning child abuse, News 4’s Sharon Reed sat down with a children's advocate to find out what can be done to battle the problem.

Dallyda Tatchi-Banda is a children’s advocate at St. Martha’s Hall, a non-profit organization in St. Louis that has battled child and spousal abuse for decades.

St. Martha’s mission is to provide abused women and their children with help in breaking the cycle of violence in their lives.

Tachi-Banda stressed the key to preventing future abuse is to report it.

“I know there is plenty out there that goes on that's not reported, that's the sad part about it”

Though confidential lines are available for reporting child abuse, Tachi-Banda stressed that in many cases no one makes the call.

“That’s the biggest thing, they are not being reported... again going back to it's not my business, it's not my child i don't want to get involved i don't want to get in trouble, and I’ll let someone else deal with it. But we have a moral obligation to make those calls”

Aside of the physical signs of abuse, there are other signs that might indicate abuse in a child.

Signs like poor hygiene, high tempers, and regression of a child’s behavior are just some of the many indicators to look for.

Click here to see a complete list of common and hidden signs of child abuse and ways you can help stop the violence.