The Family Advocacy Center says child abuse reports have gone up 40 percent the past two years. And this past year alone, there were more than 30,000 reported cases of child abuse in Nebraska.
The center in Kearney doesn't believe child abuse is happening more often, but children and adults are more educated on when to inform that it is going on. If someone ever witnesses anything that catches their attention, they should inform someone right away.
"Ignoring it is the most common form of violence in these cases against children. Not reporting when you had the chance to report, it could be life or death for a person," said director Jamie Vetter.
They say child abuse happens more often than most people think, with one out of every four girls and one out of every six boys experiencing unwanted sexual contact before the age of 18.
The center offers several free classes to the community educating individuals on child abuse.