American 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 million police reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children.
The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – between four and seven children every day DIE from child abuse and neglect.
A report of a child abuse is made every ten seconds. And that’s just the ones that are reported.
Prevalence as reported by participants in landmark CDC/Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences study:
Category Prevalence (%)
Physical Abuse 28.3
Sexual Abuse 20.7
Emotional Abuse 10.6
Physical Neglect 9.9
Emotional Neglect 14.8
In 2012, state agencies reported an estimated 686,000 victims of child maltreatment.
This would pack 10 modern football stadiums.
Mental Health Disorders, Addictions, & Related Issues
* Risk for intimate partner violence (Domestic Violence)
* Alcoholism and alcohol abuse
* Illicit drug abuse
* Smoking & drinking at an early age
* Suicide attempts
Now – a message from the Child Advocacy Center of Lincoln County
April is National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Lincoln County a better place for children and families.
Children’s Advocacy Center offers a place of help, hope and healing to children and families who are known or suspected to be victims of abuse.
In honor of National Child Abuse Awareness Prevention month, Dr. Ronald Davidson, Advocacy Executive Director will present a Proclamation to Lincoln County Commissioners on April 8 at their monthly meeting. Blue and silver pinwheels will be planted on the Courthouse lawn symbolizing a unified effort throughout the country to protect vulnerable children, strengthen families and prioritize child abuse prevention.
April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children, everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build and promote protective factors in every interaction with children and families is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.
For more information about the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County please contact the center at 541-574-0841