In all of the discussions you hear about the dire financial troubles of the United States’ budget, you don’t ever hear President Obama or any member of Congress talk about the enormous costs associated with child abuse. In fact, not one president or any member of Congress, in the history of our country, has ever put child abuse and neglect or the plight of adult survivors of child abuse on the national agenda. It seems they want to keep it a secret just as much as the perpetrators and those who protect them do.
The reality is that in 2007, it was reported that the United States spent around $104 BILLION
to address this horrendous behavior. That was about $2 BILLION PER MONTH.
Tabulated costs associated with child maltreatment include:
- Foster Care,
- Law Enforcement,
- Court Costs,
- Mental Healthcare,
- Coroner Costs,
- Premature Funeral Expenses,
- Insurance Processing Claims,
- School days lost by victims and their families,
- Productivity lost by co-workers and supervisors recruiting and training replacements for disabled workers,
- Costs for processing public and private disability insurance payments, and
- Welfare payments to those permanently disable.
Costs NOT tabulated associated with people who were victims of child abuse and neglect include survivors who attend/involved in :
- Domestic Violence Shelters,
- Juvenile Delinquent Centers,
- Substance Abuse Treatment Centers, and
- Prisons (where a large majority of people have child abuse histories).
All the perpetrators ask the American public and Congress to do is: DO NOTHING. How can we expect these home-based criminals to stop the beating, molesting, and killing of children every day in America if no one talks about it? Stop playing into this shameful secret and start working to address these crimes. Call your member of Congress, and make your voices heard. You can also either email or mail this post to them. Just let them know!
 Economic Impact Study, September 2007, Prevent Child Abuse America 2007.