Thursday, May 19, 2016

You Hear About Rape Or Domestic Violence... But What About Child Abuse In Our Country?

Whether it's because parents are having financial problems, they are getting a divorce, are fired from their job... It doesn't mean that they should take it out against their children!

Unfortunately, many parents do take it out against their children. Some simply don't care, are stressed out, have alcohol problems, or the parents themselves need counseling! But this shouldn't be an excuse for abuse.

  • From 2008 to 2012, overall rates of victimization declined by 3.3 percent, from 9.5 to 9.2 per 1,000 children in the population. This results in an estimated 30,000 fewer victims in 2012 (686,000) compared with 2008 (716,000).
  • Since 2008, overall rates of children who received a CPS response increased by 4.7 percent, from 40.8 to 42.7 per 1,000 children in the population. This results in an estimated 107,000 additional children who received a CPS response in 2012 (3,184,000) compared to 2008 (3,077,000).
  • Nationally, four-fifths (78.3%) of victims were neglected, 18.3 percent were physically abused, 9.3 percent were sexually abused and 8.5 percent were psychologically maltreated.
  • For 2012, a nationally estimated 1,640 children died of abuse and neglect at a rate of 2.20 children per 100,000 children in the national population. 

Keep in mind that these figures are between 2008 and 2012. New figures might reflect higher or lower abuse. By law, no individual or family should abuse their children under any circumstance!

If you are aware of children abuse around your area, you should immediately notify the "Children's Bureau: An Office of the Administration for Children and Families".

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