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Put child abuse in the spotlight

Good for Gov. Sam Brownback for wanting to direct some sunlight on the darkness of child abuse. At the 35th-annual Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect last week in Topeka, Brownback said that his administration would regularly publicize county-by-county child abuse statistics, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. Doing so, he said, should prompt questions and drive actions on the local level to focus on child abuse. From July through September, Kansas recorded 14,850 child-in-need-of-care intake reports, according to information on the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services' website. Sedgwick County had 2,356 of those reports, or 16 percent.