Child abuse is one of the most difficult problems to understand. What happens to a child in their early years will inherently affect their behavior for the rest of their lives. Child protective services (CPS) agencies throughout the United States receive more than 50,000 reports of suspected child abuse each week. In 2002 alone, over 2.5 million reports pertaining to the welfare of approximately 4.5 million children were made.
In two-thirds of these reported child abuse cases, the information provided in the report was sufficient enough to trigger an evaluation or investigation of potential child abuse. As a result of these investigations, approximately 896,000 children were found to have been victims of child abuse. That's an average of more than 2,450 children per day.
The child's caretaker failed to provide for the child's basic needs in more than sixty percent the cases resulting in child abuse. Children that experienced physical child abuse or sexual child abuse accounted for roughly thirty percent, however these child abuse cases are typically more likely to be publicized. The remaining percentile, roughly ten percent were found to be victims of emotional child abuse, which includes criticizing, rejecting, or refusing to nurture a child.
Child abuse is responsible for the death of nearly four children every day, a number that is way too high. Child abuse does not discriminate between genders as boys and girls are about equally likely to be abused or neglected. Child abuse does not discriminate between races either. Half of all child abuse victims were Caucasian, one-quarter were African American, and one-tenth were Hispanic. American Indian, Alaska Native, and Asian-Pacific Islanders accounted for three percent of child abuse victims.
Child abuse can be prevented from outside the home as well. Dealing with child abuse is emotionally difficult for a provider. If you are a childcare provider, you should get training in recognizing and reporting child abuse before you are confronted with a suspected case. If you suspect a case of child abuse, you may need to seek support from your local health department, child support services department, or other sources within your area.
Abuse can happen in any family, regardless of race, color, creed or financial status. However, in dealing with parents, be aware of characteristics of families in which abuse may be more likely. It is important for everyone to know the signs that may indicate child abuse and how to report it. We all share a responsibility to help keep children safe as we take steps to prevent child abuse from occurring in the first place.
If someone in your family is suffering from child abuse or you are concerned about the welfare of a child in a potential child abuse situation, contact an experienced attorney today to help you take the proper steps to ensure the safety of the child. You may be the child's only chance for rescue, and they will be beyond grateful for your help.
December 1, 2008 - Michigan Parents Charged with Child Abuse
August 15, 2008 - Child Care Provider Wrongly Accused
Sept 11, 2006 - Murder Verdict Upheld Despite Noncitizen Juror
Find a Lawyer Now
Search for a Criminal Law lawyer in your state or province by using the forms to the right.