we lose 4-7 children each DAY to child abuse & neglect in the usA.
Children are suffering all around us and it is up to us to defend them. You can help by keeping yourself and those around you informed of the issue. It's the first step in understanding and making a difference in your community.
What is Child abuse?
Five children die everyday in the US from either malnutrition or physical abuse. That's almost 2000 children EACH YEAR. But that statistic only covers the reported cases. Studies have shown as much as 50% are unaccounted for.
70% of those children were 2 years of age or younger.
80% of those children were abused by their own parent.
6.6 MILLION children are referred to the state child protective services. That's one child every 10 seconds.
And only 3.2 million of those children will be investigated.
5 Types of Abuse
The most common type. Includes any non-accidental physical injury caused to a child.
Includes molestations, incest, rape, prostitution or use of a child for any pornographic purposes, physical/direct contact or non-physical/no touching (indecent exposure, talking about sex designated to shock or interest a child, allowing a child to watch or hear sexual acts).
When a parent or guardian fails to act or respond appropriately to a child's feelings, or show a persistent lack of concern for a child's welfare. This can include blaming, belittling or rejecting a child or treating siblings unequally.
Also known as Psychological abuse/violence or Mental Abuse is when a child is subject to behavior that could result in psychological trauma including anxiety, chronic depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.
When a parent or guardian fails to meet a child's basic needs such as food, water, shelter, clothing, medical care and supervision. In 2014 state agencies found an estimate of 702,000 victims of child maltreatment.