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Upstate Raises Awareness for Child Abuse

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. - Counties across the Upstate are seeing an increase in the number of reported cases of child abuse.

Now the public is planting pinwheels and encouraging others to report suspected abuse for National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month. 

Saturday The Hope Center for Children, the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office and DSS held a march to raise awareness. 

The Hope Center for Children CEO Chamlee Loscuito told 7 On Your Side that the number of confirmed cases in Spartanburg County differs greatly from the number of reports which is much higher (1,988 last year). Below is the link to the DSS data where you can view these numbers. 

https://dss.sc.gov/content/library/statistics/cw/reports.aspx?ID=121

7 On Your Side spoke with someone who knows the dangers of child abuse first hand Saturday. Sandy Slater is the adopted grandparent of Cheyenne Rae, who deputies say was abused by her father. 

In August 2012 , Spartanburg County deputies said James Davis shook his daughter Cheyenne Rae who was 8 months old and she barely survived.

Her mother and adopted grandmother are telling her story to raise awareness about abuse. Experts said many don’t report it because they fear getting involved in an investigation.

Sandy Slater said saying something could save a life.

“If you see any kind of signs or precautions just don't take them for granted. Amy thought she knew him {Cheyenne’s father} and he never showed any signs of doing that,” said Slater.

You can report anything you suspect to be abuse to your local law enforcement agency.

You can also report it to DSS. Visit their website and find your local office contact information here.
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