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A Kentucky agency accused of seeking to cover up mistakes made in a child abuse case has settled a whistleblower's lawsuit against it.

A new report from UNICEF says that violence against children knows no boundaries.

Among the statistics that back up that statement:

Approximately 300 million children around the world between the ages two and four are subject to physical punishment or verbal abuse from their parents or caregivers.

Every seven minutes, an adolescent is murdered.

By the time they reach age 19, fifteen million girls have already experienced forced sexual acts, including rape — inflicted, for the most part, by people they know.

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Reports of child abuse and neglect in Kentucky have increased by about 55 percent in the past four years. 

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear was in Paducah on Thursday to announce nearly $100,000 dollars in grant funding from the Child Victims’ Trust Fund for statewide and regional programs aimed at preventing child abuse. 

CASA: Caring For Kids Caught In The Addiction Crisis

Dec 26, 2016
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The Ohio Valley’s opioid epidemic has effects far beyond the individuals struggling through addiction, with families and children suffering as well. An organization that helps children in abuse cases now sees substance abuse as a leading contributor, and could be overwhelmed by the addiction crisis.

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says he's impressed with the efficiency of Operation Shielded Child as more child sexual predators were arrested last month.  

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has appointed a group of legislators to combat child abuse. The House Task Force on Child Abuse and Exploitation Prevention will examine and propose legislation designed to protect children. 

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A Hopkinsville police officer is in jail on child sex abuse charges. 

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  The Diocese of Owensboro has suspended a western Kentucky Catholic priest after church officials received an accusation that he sexually abused a juvenile.  

Gerald Baker, 59, was suspended May 6th.  

Owensboro bishop William Medley said Wednesday that personnel at St. Mary of the Woods Church reported the accusation May 3rd.  

Baker led services at that Whitesville church and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ohio County.

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A new program aimed at expanding training to better protect children from sexual abuse is being launched across Kentucky. Attorney General Andy Beshear and First Lady Glenna Bevin are partnering in the effort.

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