A runaway teen in Georgia who makes her way to Atlanta has a day, maybe two, before someone tries to turn her into a prostitute. For many teens—without food or shelter and often already the victim of sexual abuse—selling their bodies seems like the only way to get a meal. Stopping the cycle is difficult—some 400 girls are commercially sexually exploited each month in Georgia.
An audit is raising questions about how quickly Georgia's child protection workers are filing reports of child abuse. The audit released this week examines how workers at the Division of Family and Children Services used a statewide computer system during a one-year period ending June 2011.
Smart says no one wants to consider the possibility of someone hurting, molesting or abducting their child, although there are enough child predators in America for one to live in every square mile of the county.
People reporting child abuse in Georgia may soon be directed to a centralized call center. It’s a decision the Division of Family and Children Services is considering after two state employees were fired this month, charged with falsifying child abuse records.
Volunteers who work with children in Georgia will be required by law to report suspected child abuse starting next month. The new mandatory reporting requirement is part of a criminal justice reform law that Gov. Nathan Deal signed last month.
Lawmakers in the state senate Monday approved a bill to expand requirements for child abuse reporting. The measure is one of many across the country following last year's allegations at Penn State University.