Many of us know the high price children who are abused pay, but it also has a cost for all of us in the long run.
More than 200 professionals are in Stevens Point learning methods to help prevent the mistreatment of children.
A state study commissioned by the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board of Wisconsin says Wisconsin spends $789 million to repair the damage that's done by abuse and neglect. That's because taxpayers often pick up the tab when abused children grow into adults with chronic health and behavioral problems.
"It's costing our health system," Patti Herman, the executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin said. "It's costing our juvenile justice system, our prison system, all these things we don't really think about as economic costs."
People who would like to prevent child abuse and neglect can go to www.preventchildabusewi.org.