Help Prevent Child Abuse In Your Community
Many, many important events happen in April. We've got Earth Day, Autism Awareness and Marching for Babies to name a...
Many, many important events happen in April. We've got Earth Day, Autism Awareness and Marching for Babies to name a few, not to mention Easter in April this year. However, one of the most important event happening in April, in my opinion, is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. People don't like to discuss child abuse, but it's an issue that everyone needs to be concerned with. Each day approximately five children die every single day as a result of child abuse. According to Childhelp, of these children who die, more than three out of four are under the age of 4 years. Consider the following statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' most recent national child maltreatment statistics:
- In 2009, an estimated 702,000 counts of child abuse and/or child neglect occurred in the U.S.
- An estimated 1,770 children died in 2009 alone, due to abuse or neglect.
- More than 15% of abused children were physically abused.
- 9.5% of abused children were sexually abused.
- 7.6% of abused children were emotionally maltreated.
- Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance
- Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents' attention
- Has learning problems (or difficulty concentrating) that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes
- Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen
- Lacks adult supervision
- Is overly compliant, passive, or withdrawn
- Comes to school or other activities early, stays late, and does not want to go home
- Shows little concern for the child
- Denies the existence of—or blames the child for—the child's problems in school or at home
- Asks teachers or other caregivers to use harsh physical discipline if the child misbehaves
- Sees the child as entirely bad, worthless, or burdensome
- Demands a level of physical or academic performance the child cannot achieve
- Looks primarily to the child for care, attention, and satisfaction of emotional needs
The Parent and Child:
- Rarely touch or look at each other
- Consider their relationship entirely negative
- State that they do not like each other