April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and you may have seen San Antonio ChildSafe’s awareness, intervention, and prevention campaign around the city during the past month that involves placing 5,846 Cardboard Kids in libraries, doctors’ waiting rooms, grocery stores, coffee shops, and playgrounds.
District 2 Councilmember Alan Warrick II announced Thursday a proposal to help protect vulnerable victims of child abuse, domestic violence and stalking by waiving the City’s permit fee on home security systems. Currently the fee is $40, with a $75 fine imposed if police are called to a home because of a security alarm without a permit in place.
Experts don’t know the exact number of children who die from abuse or neglect each year, but they estimate over 2,000.
In Bexar County, an area with a youth population of 484,144, some 5,846 children are confirmed victims of abuse or neglect, according to the 2013 Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) report.
This year in Bexar County, 19 children suffered abuse-related deaths.