April Is Child Abuse Awareness Month

Posted on Apr 15 2012 at 09:29:55 PM in Society & Culture

Every day in America more than 5 children die from child abuse and neglect, 80% of those children are under the age of 4. Sadly, that number is growing, 15 years ago it was 3 children a day. What’s worse is that it’s actually 3 times more kids than that because this statistic doesn’t account for all of the cases that go unrecorded. It's also estimated that there are three times more incidents of child abuse than the 3.3 million cases reported each year.

There are many organizations that are working hard to help children. Since 1959 Child Help has been dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect and helping its victims. Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes safety and welfare of children and families by connecting them with proper resources and tools. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provides necessary resources and information to parents, victims and law enforcement. PROTECT is a national association providing political strength and leadership for the protection of abused, exploited, and neglected children. Your time or financial assistance will be put to good use with any of these organizations. Help Spread This is raising awareness by encouraging those on Twitter to donate 1 tweet a day in an effort to stop child abuse. Another easy way to help is visiting Click to Give, ad money raised will go to Child Help.  Writing this article was not easy. The stories I read about innocent children who need love and nurturing but get instead get brutalized moved me to tears. In doing the research I discovered some sobering facts:
  • Approximately 60% of child fatalities that are caused by mistreatment are not listed as such on their death certificates
  • Children who experience child abuse & neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violent crime
  • About 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder
  • Up to two-thirds of people being treated for drug abuse report being neglected or abused when they were children
  • More than 90% of victims are acquainted with their abuser in some way 
  • The vicious cycle of abuse continues as about 30% of those abused and neglected will go on to abuse their own children
Send this to your friends, post it on Facebook and tweet it so we can bring awareness and make an effort to stop this heinous crime. National Child Abuse Hotline: 1.800.4.A.Child (1.800.422.4453) 
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Created: Apr 15 2012 at 09:29:55 PM
Updated: Apr 15 2012 at 09:29:55 PM
Language: English