When children are nurtured, they can grow up to be happy and healthy adults.
But when they lack an attachment to a caring adult, receive inconsistent nurturing, or experience harsh discipline, the consequences can affect their lifelong health, well-being, and relationships with others.
According to the US Child Welfare Agency, in the most recent year (2013) for which national child maltreatment statistics are available, about 3.5 million reports were made to child protective services concerning the safety and well-being of approximately 6.4 million children. As a result of these reports, a nationally estimated 679,000 (unique count) children were found to be victims of child abuse or neglect. (Unique count is defined as counting each child only once regardless of the number of reports of abuse and neglect.) Of these children, four-fifths (79.5 percent) were neglected, more than 15 percent (18.0 percent) were physically abused, and less than 10 percent (9.0 percent) were sexually abused. Child deaths are the most tragic results of maltreatment. In this same year an estimated 1,520 children died due to abuse or neglect. Of the children who died, 71.4 percent suffered neglect and 46.8 percent suffered physical abuse either exclusively or in combination with another maltreatment type.
What is child abuse and neglect?
Child abuse or neglect often takes place in the home at the hands of a person the child knows well—a parent, relative, babysitter, or friend of the family. There are four major types of child maltreatment. Although any of the forms may be found separately, they often occur together. ~ US Child Welfare Agency
There are four main types of child abuse:
- Neglect – failure to provide for a child’s basic needs.
- Physical abuse – physical injury as a result of hitting, kicking, shaking, burning, or otherwise harming a child.
- Sexual abuse – any situation where a child is used for sexual gratification. This may include indecent exposure, fondling, rape, or commercial exploitation through prostitution or the production of pornographic materials.
- Emotional abuse – any pattern of behavior that impairs a child’s emotional development or sense of self-worth, including constant criticism, threats, and rejection.
Would you recognize the signs of child abuse?
As we continue to raise awareness about child abuse during the month of April let’s all do our part to keep our children safe!!!
As always, wishing you happy times until our paths cross again!
GrannyOwl and DaniBug