Child Abuse and Neglect - Many Are Suffering
There are evils in this world that no person should experience – especially a child. The harsh reality is that Child Abuse and Neglect is more common than we think. It touches all ethnic, racial, socio-economic, educational, and religious groups. There are literally thousands of children in the US and the world that are being victimized, living in fear, and suffering every day. They have no voice and many have lost hope. These children are in our communities. They are our families, friends, neighbors, students, classmates, church members, and more.
“I will deliver him. I will set him on high because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me and I will answer him and I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:14-15)
Child Abuse and Neglect: 2016 Statistics
Approximately 3,472,000 children received CPS (Child Protective Services) referrals of child abuse in 2016 which is an increase of 9.5% since 2012. A very sad fact in the reported cases of child abuse and neglect is that of the offenders (those who abuse children):
- 83.4% of the offenders were between the ages of 18 – 44 years of age.
- More than half (53.7%) of the offenders were women and 45.3% were men.
- 77.1% of offenders are a parent of the abused child.
In the case of child sexual abuse fathers are the primary offenders. Although most abused children do not grow up to become abusers a huge risk factor for child abuse and neglect is if the parent was abused or neglected during their childhood.
Prevalent Child Abuse
The US 2016 Child Maltreatment Report, published February 1, 2018 shows that there is still much more work needed to be done to protect children as child abuse is on the increase:
- 74.8% of the child victims were neglected
- 18.2% of the child victims were physically abused
- 8.5% of child victims were sexually abused
- 1,750 children died because of abuse & neglect
- 70% of all child fatalities were younger than 3 years old
Most cases of child abuse & neglect go unreported to authorities even after it has been disclosed by the child. Sexual abuse of a child by another child is the most under reported case of child abuse to authorities.
REPORT CHILD ABUSE
We are all legally obligated to report all disclosed or suspected child abuse to Child Protective Services (CPS). Sexual abuse of a child is a crime and must be reported to law enforcement (local police department) and CPS.
When a child discloses abuse do not probe the child, instead let them speak. Have compassion and listen. Record the child’s name, gender, age, behavior, mental & emotional disposition, physical injuries (if visible) and immediately report the abuse to authorities. If at all possible attend to the child’s immediate safety. Visit this trusted link for more information.