Child Abuse Awareness Month

Since 1983, April has been Child Abuse Awareness Month. Let’s take a look at some astonishing statistics, ways to help and prevent child abuse
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Child abuse and neglect is defined by the Child Welfare Information Gateway as “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation”; or
 
“An act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.”
During the month of April, we, as a community, should dedicate ourselves to becoming an active role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, as well as, promoting child and family well- being. (*)
The statistics for the abuse is astonishing at the least, check out these statistics provided by the American SPCC (American Society for the Positive Care of Children) (*)

NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE STATISTICS

  • 4 million child maltreatment referral reports received.
  • Child abuse reports involved 7.2 million children.
  • 3.4 million children received prevention & post-response services.
  • 207,000 children received foster care services.
  • 75.3% of victims are neglected.
  • 17.2% of victims are physically abused.
  • 8.4% of victims are sexually abused.
  • 6.9% of victims are psychologically maltreated.
  • Highest rate of child abuse in children under one (24.2% per 1,000).
  • Over one-quarter (27.%) of victims are younger than 3 years.
  • Annual estimate: 1,670 to 1740 children died from abuse and neglect.
  • Almost five children die every day from child abuse.
  • 80% of child fatalities involve at least one parent.
  • 74.8% of child fatalities are under the age of 3.
  • 72.9% of the child abuse victims die from neglect.
  • 43.9% of the child abuse victims die from physical abuse.
  • 49.4% of children who die from child abuse are under one year.
  • Almost 60,000 children are sexually abused.
  • More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator.
  • Estimated that between 50-60% of maltreatment fatalities are not recorded on death certificates.
  • Child abuse crosses all socioeconomic and educational levels, religions, ethnic and cultural groups.
 

The statistics don’t stop at that:
~Children who have been abused are more likely to become involved in criminal activity
~Experience teen pregnancy
~Have higher chance of at least one psychological disorder
~Abuse their own children
and the cycle of abuse will continue
~Cost of child abuse, in the US is estimated at $585 BILLION

The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average almost five children every day to child abuse and neglect!

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What can you do?
Be a nurturing parent: Children are special, let them know they are loved, special and capable
Help a friend: Offer to help out a friend or family member by taking the children for some time. Parents can regroup and deescalate.
Help yourself: Take time for yourself or a time out. Life can be overwhelming.
Volunteer at a child abuse prevention center: 1.800.CHILDREN
Report suspected abuse or neglect
The national hotline is available 24/7 at
(1-800) 4-A-Child or (1-800) 422-4453

Be the change

More resources:

Prevent Child Abuse
2018 Prevention Resource Guide
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Help
American SPCC
Joyful Heart

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DK

 

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