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Child abuse surpasses all seasons

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Despite the holiday cheer that begins to set in, families can also see building stress this time of year.  WUFT-FM’s Sarah Samuels says local advocates see a spike in child abuse during the holidays.

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Children’s Home Society of Florida Executive Director Jennifer Anchors says abuse does not have to be physical to leave lasting damage on a child.  Marion County Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Dawn Westgate says behavioral signs, in addition to marks or bruises, can tip off family members or concerned citizens.

About Ethan Magoc

Ethan is a journalist at WUFT News. He's a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.

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