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Indian Health Service announces 'SAFE-IHS' hotline to report abuse


February 17, 2021

A 'pedophile': Stanley Patrick Weber, a former Indian Health Service pediatrician, has been convicted of abusing Indian children on the Blackfeet Nation in Montana and is facing a trial for abusing children on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Photo: U.S. Attorney's Office

The Indian Health Service announced a hotline to accept reports of suspected child or sexual abuse following controversy involving a pediatrician who was convicted of crimes against young patients.

Anyone with information about abuse within the IHS system can call 1-855-SAFE-IHS (855 723-3447), where they will be directed to trained personnel, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Written complaints can also be submitted on

"Protecting our patients and our employees from sexual abuse in a supportive environment is a priority at the Indian Health Service," IHS Acting Director Elizabeth Fowler, a citizen of the Comanche Nation, said in a news release on Tuesday.


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