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Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse

Child abuse, according to the Pennsylvania Child Pro-tective Service Law, includes any recent act or failure to act by a perpetrator that causes nonaccidental serious physical injury or nonaccidental serious mental injury to a child under 18 years of age, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of a child under 18 years of age, and serious neglect. “Recent” is defined as an abusive act within two years from the date ChildLine is called. Sexual abuse has no time limit.