CHILD ABUSE IN AMERICA: SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS
Simply stated, Child abuse is the bad treatment of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caretaker, someone living in their home or someone who works with or around children. Abuse of a child is anything that causes injury or puts the child in danger of physical injury. Child abuse can be physical (such as burns or broken bones), sexual (such as touching of private parts or incest), or emotional (such as belittling or calling the child names). Neglect happens when a parent or responsible caretaker fails to provide adequate supervision, food, clothing, shelter or other basics for a child. Child abuse is any action (or lack of) which endangers or impairs a child’s physical, mental or emotional health and development. Child abuse occurs in different ways. All forms of abuse and neglect are harmful to the child.
In 2008, there were 1,730 children who died due to child abuse. Infants are the ones most likely to die from child abuse, and caregivers and mothers are the ones who are usually the perpetrators. The causes of child abuse are very complex. Substance abuse greatly increases likelihood of mistreatment in families, with studies finding that up to two-thirds of cases involve mistreatment. In addition, unemployment and financial difficulties are also associated with child abuse. Those kids who suffer from child abuse are at risk of developing psychiatric problems such as disorganized attachment style, which includes dissociative symptoms, anxiety, depression, and acting out symptoms. Children may also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. (cdc.gov)
Here are several additional startling statistics…
- A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.
- More than five children die every day as a result of child abuse.
- Approximately 80% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4.
- It is estimated that between 50-60% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates.
- More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way.
- Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.
- About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.
- About 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
- The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2007 is $104 billion.
Child abuse may be:
- Physical - hitting, shaking, burns, human bites, strangulation.
- Emotional - constant disapproval, belittling, constant teasing.
- Sexual - fondling, the showing of private parts by an adult, sexual intercourse, oral and anal sex, forcing a child to watch while others have sexual intercourse, incest, pornography.
- Neglect - absence of adequate food, shelter, emotional and physical security, and medical care.
Sexual abuse is when the child is involved in any sexual activity with an adult or another child who is either older or more powerful.
Neglect is depriving a child of their basic needs. These include food, clothing, warmth and shelter, emotional and physical security and protection, medical and dental care, cleanliness, education, and supervision.
If you suspect that a child you know or you are someone who is experiencing any of these types of abuse, you can call your local child abuse information or reporting number found in your telephone book or through your telephone information service.
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