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Fewer Child Abuse Reports Amid Pandemic Doesn't Mean Less Neglect, Advocates Say


Reports of child abuse in Arkansas decreased in 2020. A statewide hotlinereceived 9,700 fewer calls and the Children's Safety Center in Springdale experienced a 15 percent decrease in the number of children they served. However, advocates say the declines do not mean child abuse and neglect were happening less.

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Antoinette Grajeda is a producer and reporter for Ozarks at Large. She began her professional career as a print journalist in 2007 and joined the KUAF staff in 2009. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Since 2007, Antoinette has participated in the NWA Gridiron Show, which raises money for scholarships. She has also volunteered with the Lemke Journalism Project since 2008. This six-week program teaches high school students about journalism and encourages them to pursue higher education.
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