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This week: child abuse, mental illness and violence, and more

Overcoming child abuse requires victims to learn how to trust themselves, not blame themselves, according to Dr. Ann Botash, professor of pediatrics at Upstate University Hospital. Botash is co-director of the Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation Program and medical director of the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center.

On this week’s show, Botash describes the signs of neglect and abuse (physical, emotional and sexual), and explains a five-point guideline for preventing abuse: learn the facts, minimize opportunities, talk about it, recognize the signs, and react responsibly.

Botash recently appeared on a TLC program about child sexual abuse called Breaking the Silence.

Also this week: the occupational dangers low-wage workers face, and whether mental illness is linked to violence.