Child Abuse, At Risk Youth Awareness
Child Abuse in the United States
Child abuse is not an issue that only happens to people in other countries. The United States is a source and transit country, and is also considered one of the top destination points for child abuse and child slavery victims. Houston, Atlanta, Michigan, and California are some of the Hubs. Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 U.S. States (National Human Trafficking Resource Center Report, 2011). No child is safe and has been trafficked regardless of race, education, gender, age, or citizenship when forcefully coerced or enticed by false promises.
Child Abuse Identification
You never know what is happening until you open your eyes to the facts. 1 out of 6 men and 1 out of 4 women have been molested and sexually abused as children by someone they know. Learn and realize it is happening with help from our child abuse identification information. Stay vigilant by knowing if there are repeat sex offenders or child abusers in your community.
People often think that child abuse is something that happens in "other" families, and won't happen to them.
- A report of child abuse is made every "ten seconds".
- More than five children die everyday 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, in 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 old adults 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 2008 is $124 billion.
- 14% of all men in prison in the USA were abused as children.
- 36% of all women in prison were abused as children.
- Children who experience child abuse and 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.
- Abused children are 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy.
- Abused teens are less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at greater risk for STDs.
Child Abuse Cases and Stories
These child abuse cases and stories straight from the headlines of recent newspapers can help to highlight how common child abuse is so that everyone may be more likely to report suspected child abuse and neglect:
Neglect - A mother in Dallas, Texas, was charged with neglect after her nine-year-old died from complications of diabetes after she failed to help her manage her disease.
Physical/Emotional Abuse - A mother in North Central Texas has her three children taken away because of a case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
Physical Abuse - Two parents in Dallas, Texas, were charged with abusing their six-month-old infant so severely that he was in intensive care and it was thought that he was not going to be able to recover.
Physical Abuse - A mother's boyfriend was charged with the death of her six-year-old son.
Physical Abuse - A father was charged with the death of his three-month-old infant who was found unresponsive, with bone fractures and liver lacerations.
Physical Abuse -A father in Lodi, California, was charged with physical abuse after a school employee noticed and reported burns on a six-year old student, which were thought to have been inflicted by a clothes iron. She had also been beaten with a stick and her mother was charged with child endangerment.
Physical Abuse - A mother and her live-in boyfriend in Janesville, Wisconsin, were charged with abuse after repeatedly hitting her three-year-old daughter to the point that she required emergency brain surgery.
Physical Abuse - The boyfriend of a child's mother in Wilmington, Delaware, hit and killed a 16-month old girl because she wouldn't stop crying.
Physical Abuse - A nine-year-old was beaten by his mother's boyfriend in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Physical Abuse - In Fall River, Massachusetts, a mother was charged with burning her four-year-old foster son with a curling iron, causing third-degree burns that required skin graft surgery.
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