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Child Abuse – the World’s Greatest Silent Crime

 

Think child abuse doesn’t affect you, or your life? Think again. Child abuse impacts us all – if you take a moment to consider the cost, the societal woes it creates, and the ripples that come from the source of both the abuser and the abused, you will come to realize that child abuse is everybody’s problem.

Before the end of today approximately 5 children will die at the hands of their abusers.

Before the end of this day- approximately 5 children will die at the hands of their abusers.

  • Nearly 1 in 4 of our children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday – that’s roughly 7 in EVERY classroom.

  • 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way. 68% are abused by a family member.

  • Most children who are abused, become victims of abuse and neglect at 18 months or younger.

  • 3.6 million cases of child abuse are reported every year in the U.S. And the number of children involved in these reports is 6 million.

  • About 80% of 21-year-olds who were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.

  • Abused and neglected children are 11 times more likely to engage in criminal behavior as an adult.

 

Though the statistics are overwhelming, the road to ending abuse is not so complicated.

Child abuse stops when WE stop it through prevention, intervention, and recovery.

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States, its territories, and Canada, the Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in 170 languages. The Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous and confidential.

 

Child abuse is everybody’s problem.  Be a part of the solution. When talking to an abused child, please reassure the child that they did nothing wrong. Don’t interrogate. Avoid denial and remain calm. Listen and believe.

 

Laura Fogarty writes “Ask Lala” for the Stop Abuse Campaign.  She is a mother, an advocate and the author of two children’s abuse prevention books:  I’M THE BOSS OF ME! and WE ARE JUST ALIKE!  As a survivor of child sexual abuse, she is dedicated to raising awareness about the culture of abuse in order to prevent it.  Laura lives on the beach in Charleston, South Carolina

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