Child Abuse is ongoing daily before our eyes at the supermarket, bus stop, or walking and driving down the street. We see child abuse occurring and how often do we stop to prevent it?
Child abuse occurs in families whether homeless families or behind closed doors within every society today. It is an age old ripple in families since the beginning of time and today we need to find help for those who commit it, establish more stringent and powerful laws concerning the issue and crimes, as well as provide support for the children who survive it. Unfortunately, some children do not always survive child abuse as you well know they either die, suffer from nightmares, mental torture with recall of the events of childhood trauma as adults, and more than likely abuse their own children. For adults have learned through social learning within the home that is the way to correct children. (Of course, this is not in every case valid).
Child Abuse is defined as “when a parent or caregiver, whether through action or failing to act, causes injury, death, emotional harm or risk of serious harm to a child. There are many forms of child maltreatment, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and emotional abuse.”
Every year more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children (a referral can include multiple children).
The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect.
Yearly, referrals to state child protective services involve 6.6 million children, and around 3.2 million of those children are subject to an investigated report.
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