We Are Survivors 

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Stop Ignoring Child Abuse

Believe it or not, April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Have you heard any of the major media talk about this? Any members of Congress or President Obama? Survivors are silenced and conditioned from childhood to keep the secret to protect the perpetrators. It seems like most of society are co-conspirators in protecting them as well. If not, where is the public outcry?

If there were an outbreak of a flu virus, you would see daily “Breaking News” on CNN about the latest victims. But, you never hear a peep about the fact that the rate of child abuse and neglect is 10 times as high (40 children per 1,000 children per year) as the incidence rate for all forms of cancer combined (3.9 individuals per thousand per year).[1]

You also never hear anyone talk about the fact that children in the age group of birth to 1 year have the highest rate of victimization (24.4 children per 1,000 children) of the same age group in the national population.[2]

If it were reported that a country was:

  • Molesting, beating, and sexually assaulting 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys,[3]
  • That brain damage was the leading cause of death in these children, [4] and
  • That pediatric blunt chest and abdominal trauma is the second leading cause of fatal child abuse with a 40-50% mortality rate,[5]

you would hopefully hear a deafening call to “DO SOMETHING” to stop this! Sadly, these statistics apply to the United States of America.

How many more children need to be mentally, physically, emotionally, and sexually abused, neglected, and killed in America before everyone stands up and says “ENOUGH”?

What are you doing about it?

 


[1] Child Welfare League of America, “Testimony submitted to the House Subcommittee on Select Education of the Committee on Education and the Workforce for the hearing on CAPTA: Successes and Failures at Preventing Child Abuse, August 2, 2001.

[2] HHS Releases National Statistics on Child Abuse and Neglect for 2006, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Maltreatment 2006.

[3] http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/ace/prevalence.htm ACE Study - Prevalence - Adverse Childhood Experiences

[4] JAMA, Vol. 290 No. 5, August 6, 2003

[5] Understanding the Medical Diagnosis of Child Maltreatment: A Guide for Nonmedical Professionals, by Charmaine Brittain, Edition: 3, illustrated, Published by Oxford University Press US, 2006.

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