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NY law requiring schools to post abuse hotline phone number

Posted at 7:50 AM, Aug 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 16:54:50-04

New York is requiring that each public and charter school post the phone number for the state's child-abuse hotline in a prominent location where students can see it.

The law, recently signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, directs the state education commissioner to issue-related regulations.

Legislative sponsors say one in four girls and one in six boys nationwide are molested, mainly at home, and the notices offer a simple and effective way to let victims report abuse.

The statewide toll-free number is 1-800-342-3720.

The Office of Children and Family Services says the hotline receives calls of alleged abuse or maltreatment around the clock every day.