We know violence against children is ugly!
And ... we know that is imperative for you to know the
facts so you can help America's children.
Knowledge is power and the more you know -
the more you can help!
Each year over 3 million children are reported as victims of physical, sexual, verbal and emotional abuse, neglect, abandonment, and death - and those are only the ones that were reported! In the year 2000 approximately 5 million reports were made. Of those 5 million plus kids, over 98,000 children were treated just for sexual abuse.1
Violence and neglect against children is reported-on average of every 10 seconds. Because so many cases of child violence and neglect go unreported, it is estimated that the actual number of child victims is 3 times greater.
Each year almost 1.8 million children are reported missing - many of them abducted from their own homes and front yards.2
In the USA, Children are more apt to die from violence and neglect than from accidents. Child violence permanently disables 18,000 children and youth every year and seriously injures 565,000 are seriously injured every year.3
Sadly, violence and neglect against children kills more than 3 children every day in America. Most of the children who die are younger than six years of age. Of these fatalities, 85 percent were under the age of six; 44 percent of the children were under the age of one.4
One in five children will be sexually abused by the age of 18 and 97% of individuals institutionalized for violent crimes were themselves abused as children. 5
Nine in 10 Americans surveyed regard violence and neglect against children as a serious problem, yet only 1 in 3 reported abuse when confronted with an actual situation. 6
are 580,000 children in the United States Foster Care system today. 7
Who are the people who harm and neglect children ?
They can be a relative, friend or neighbor!
Violence and Neglect Against Children Does Not Discriminate ... It knows no color, no race. It happens in every city, town and state, in all parts of the world … even in your own neighborhood!
And the children who are harmed and neglected are Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American. Abused children come from the poorest and the richest families and every type of background in between.
These children come in all shapes and sizes and they have one thing in common … PAIN!
Innocence belongs to children. They're robbed of it the moment an adult comes along who is a product of abuse, rage, drugs, alcohol, violence, life's daily stresses and a whole host of other anomalies ... and the cycle continues.
Children who have been harmed and neglected can show physical signs of abuse as well as have developmental problems. They can be socially, educationally, and sometimes emotionally slow. They can show signs of anger, hurt, confusion, and even worse — violence!
There are high unemployment rates among adult abused children. They can be full of anger, can mistrust in relationships, are more apt to commit road rage, and more horrific violent acts, and contribute to the high cost of our mental health and welfare programs. Their self-esteem is shattered. They can grow up to be adults who continue the cycle of violence and neglect against children.
It's Time To Break The Cycle of
Violence Against Children ... Before It Starts!
1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau. National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) Summary of Key Findings from Calendar Year 2000 (Washington, D.C.: April 2002).
2 U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
3 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau. National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) Summary of Key Findings from Calendar Year 2000 (Washington, D.C.: April 2002).
4 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau. National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) Summary of Key Findings from Calendar Year 2000 (Washington, D.C.: April 2002).
5 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau. National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) Summary of Key Findings from Calendar Year 2000 (Washington, D.C.: April 2002).
6 National poll conducted by Penn, Schoen & Berland for Los Angeles-based Children's Institute International (CII). Results released June 3, 1999.
7 U.S.National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
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