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District Attorney Paul Bowden presented a program on child abuse awareness to the Tifton Judicial Circuit Bar Association for their April meeting. Bowden said that 1,385 cases were reported in the Tifton Circuit this year and that 479, or 34 percent, of those were substantiated.

Child abuse is any mistreatment or neglect of a child that results in non-accidental harm or injury and which cannot be reasonably explained. Child abuse can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.

The Tifton Bar was urged to make public service announcements about child abuse and to support the local council of child abuse prevention.

Bowden also encouraged members to report suspected child abuse to the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) at 386-3622. Bowden said that those who report abuse to DFCS would remain anonymous.

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