April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

 

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April is National child abuse prevention month.  Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. It’s a widespread war against our children that we have the power to stop, and understanding the issue is the first step. Just how bad is the issue of child abuse in the United States?

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. 1, 2

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. 2

Prevalence as reported by participants in landmark CDC/Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences study 1
Physical Abuse 28.3%
Sexual Abuse 20.7%
Emotional Abuse 10.6%
In 2014, state agencies found an estimated 702,000 victims of child maltreatment This would pack 10 modern football stadiums
If you see something, say something.  Children are our most precious resource and we must protect them.

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