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Signs of "Child Abuse"

Priceless Diamonds, Inc., based in Atlanta, Georgia is helping nationwide. Below are in-depth details about how to identify child abuse.

Child Abuse

Child abuse is any physical, sexual, emotional, or other mistreatment or exploitation of a child. For legal purposes, the term “abuse” is specifically defined in both Federal and State legislation. The Federal CAPTA legislation provides a foundation for States by identifying a minimum set of acts or behaviors that characterize maltreatment of a child.

This legislation also defines what acts will be considered to constitute physical or sexual abuse of a child. We can make a change, and the first step is to realize it is happening. Children right next door to you or kids you pass by on the streets could be victims. "Like" us on Facebook™ to receive up-to-date information about our campaign for child abuse awareness.

Child Maltreatment and Its Impact on Children

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) (P.L. 93-247) defines child abuse and neglect as any "recent act" or "failure to act" on the part of a parent or caretaker that results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation" of a child under the age of 18 -or- an "act" or "failure to act" that presents an imminent risk of serious harm to a child.

Maltreatment is commonly classified into four categories:

Physical abuse includes: "punching", "beating", "kicking", "biting" or "shaking" a child.

Sexual abuse refers to any "sexual contact" with a child, the simulation of such conduct with a child, exposing a child to sexually explicit material or conduct.

Child "neglect" is a failure to provide for a child's basic needs for health care, food, clothing, adult supervision, education, and nurturing.

Psychological maltreatment refers to behavior such as "ridiculing", "terrorizing", "corrupting" or "denying affection" to a child.

The abuse and neglect of children can have profoundly negative consequences for the social, psychological, and physical health of children. The physical abuse (e.g., shaking a crying baby) and neglect of infants is linked to a range of physical and emotional maladies (e.g., seizures, irritability, developmental delays, and learning disabilities). The physical and psychological abuse of preschoolers and school-aged children is associated with depression, low self-esteem, antisocial behavior, juvenile delinquency, and adult criminal behavior. Sexual abuse is associated with depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, suicidal behavior, and promiscuity.Neglect is associated with "non-organic failure to thrive," which is characterized by below-average weight, height, and intellectual development; neglect also is linked to attachment disorders, aggression, and difficulty dealing with others.

Student Profile and Signs to Look For

Youth are struggling with one or more of the following:

Alcohol/Drug Abuse - Anxiety and Panic - Anger Management Issues - Depression - Defiance and Manipulation - Family Conflict - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Poor Social Skills - Lack of Motivation and Focus

Perpetrators of Child Maltreatment

Estimated 906,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect. Neglect was the most common form of maltreatment, with 60.9 percent of child victims suffering from neglect. Neglect was followed by physical abuse (18.9 percent of child victims), sexual abuse (9.9% of child victims), and psychological maltreatment (4.9 percent of child victims). Approximately 1,500 children died because of abuse or neglect.

The largest percentage of perpetrators: 83.9% were parents, including birth parents, adoptive parents, and step parents. How do fathers compare to mothers in the perpetration of child maltreatment? As discussed earlier, Federal data derived from CPS reports indicate that in 18.8% of the substantiated cases, fathers were the sole perpetrators of maltreatment; in 16.9 percent of the cases, the fathers and the mothers were perpetrators; and in 1.1 percent of the cases, the father acted with someone else to abuse or neglect his child. Mothers were the sole perpetrators in 40.8 percent of the cases and acted with someone besides the father in 6.3 percent of the cases. This means that fathers were involved in 36.8 percent of child maltreatment cases and that mothers were involved in 64 percent of child maltreatment cases. Additionally, more than one-half of the male perpetrators were biological fathers, and, although recidivism rates were low, biological fathers were more likely to be perpetrators of maltreatment again than were most other male perpetrators. This may be due in part to the lack of permanence between a mother and her boyfriend or that the perpetrator may be excluded from the household before recidivism can occur.

Mothers are almost twice as likely to be directly involved in child maltreatment as fathers. Mothers are more likely to abuse or neglect their children than fathers because they bear a larger share of parenting responsibilities in two-parent families and because a large percentage of families today are headed by mothers. In some communities, they are the majority. Perpetrator patterns differ, however, by type of maltreatment. Mothers are not more likely to be the perpetrator when it comes to sexual abuse; fathers are more likely to be reported for this crime.

The Murder of baby "Brianna"

Eleven "Facts" About Child Abuse

  1. Approximately five (5) children die every day because of child abuse.
  2. One (1) out of three (3) girls and one (1) out of five (5) boys will be sexually abused before they reach age eighteen (18).
  3. Ninety percent (90%) of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way. Sixty-eight percent (68%) are abused by a family member.
  4. In 2012, 82.2% of child abuse perpetrators were found to be between the ages of 18-44, of which forty percent (40%) were recorded to be between the ages of 25-34.
  5. In the United States, more than four (4) children die from child abuse and neglect on a daily basis. Over seventy percent (70%) of these children are below the age of three (3).
  6. Boys (48.5%) and girls (51.2%) become victims at nearly the same rate.
  7. Three (3) million cases of child abuse are reported every year in the United States.
  8. Children who experience child abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, twenty-eight percent (28%) more likely to be arrested as an adult, and thirty percent (30%) more likely to commit violence crime.
  9. About eighty percent (80%) of 21-year-olds who were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
  10. Fourteen percent (14%) of all men and thirty-six percent (36%) of all women in prison were abused as children.
  11. Abused children are less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at greater risk for STDs. They’re also twenty-five percent (25%) more likely to experience teen pregnancy.

A poem written by: Amanda


I close my eyes and pretend I'm not there

To tell anyone, Oh I couldn't, I would not dare


They would believe him, not me

Because this is a house where God is suppose to be


It hurts so bad on the inside

He told me it wouldn't Oh God how he lied...


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