Why the family told Govi’s story
Kansas City Star
Cases of severe abuse and neglect happen all too often and rarely do we know what becomes of the victims.
Physical abuse can happen anywhere, even in the Wichita, Kansas community and surrounding areas. Physical abuse is the infliction of physical harm or the causation of a child’s deterioration. It is important to take action if you notice physical abuse toward a child in your community or in the Wichita, Kansas area.
Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to, the maltreatment or exploitation of a child to the extent that the child’s health is endangered. It may be the result of a deliberate attempt to harm a child, but not always. Physical abuse can occur in Wichita, Kansas and the surrounding areas from severe discipline, such as using a belt on a child, or physical punishment that is inappropriate to the child’s age or physical condition.
In physical abuse, unpredictability, lashing out in anger and using fear to control behavior are elements that are present. These separate abuse from discipline. If you witness child abuse or physical abuse in the Wichita, Kansas community or anywhere else, please do not hesitate to dial 911 immediately.