R. Kelly's alleged crimes against children, have recently come into mass public consciousness; however, child abuse is documented as affecting 8% of American children. A child confronted with sexual abuse and assault can get help by calling 800.656.HOPE (4673), The National Sexual Assault Hotline, a safe and confidential service. Please watch this video sponsored by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health to learn more. The video was curated by Dr. Fredrick Echols, Director of St. Louis Department of Health and the St. Louis American editorial staff; it features Dr. Echols, and St. Louis American's Medical Accuracy Editor and "No Appointment Necessary” health series host, Dr. Denise Hooks-Anderson.

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