Levin: Young Children Need Our Protection

Shea Levin is director for Every Child Matters-Long Island, a nonprofit organization dedicated to children’s issues.

The death of Florida toddler Caylee Anthony and the murder trial of her mother galvanized the nation. Shock and anger filled the news after last week’s verdict. Long Islanders could be heard discussing the outcome on beaches, in supermarkets and in communities from Manhasset to Montauk.

We may never know what happened to Caylee. Although there was no proof that the toddler was abused, the case has shone a much-needed light on the vulnerability of young children, many of whom are abused. While they don’t make headlines, there are numerous cases of substantiated child abuse on Long Island every year.

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