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April is Child Abuse Awareness Month so below are listed 13 facts and statistics about Child Abuse.

1. An estimated 906,000 children are victims of abuse & neglect every year. The rate of victimization is 12.3 children per 1,000 children.

2. Children ages 0-3 are the most likely to experience abuse. About 1 in 50 U.S. infants are victims of nonfatal child abuse or neglect in a year, according to the first national study of the problem in that age group done by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention along with The Federal Administration for Children and Families.

3. 1,500 children die every year from child abuse and neglect. That is just over 4 fatalities every day.

4. 79% of the children killed are younger than 4.

5. 80% of young adults who had been abused met the diagnostic criteria for at least 1 psychiatric disorder at the age of 21 (including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, & post-traumatic stress disorder)

6. There are nearly 3 million reports of child abuse made annually.

7. The rate of child abuse is estimated to be 3 times greater than is reported.

8. 14.4% of all men in prison in the USA were abused as children and 36.7% of all women in prison were abused as children.

9. Child abuse is reported-on average-every 10 seconds.

10. Child abuse occurs at every socio-economic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within ALL religions and all educational levels.

11. Children who have been sexually abused are 2.5 times more likely to abuse alcohol and 3.8 times more likely to become addicted to drugs.

12. One third of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the terrible cycle of abuse.

13. Abused teens are 3 times less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at greater risk for STDs.

**All statistics can be found at Childhelp.org**

Read more from Thursday Thirteen here.

As the month of October ends, I am reminded that October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month. As a product of child abuse that was “caused” by my mother facing domestic violence from my stepfather, I am painfully aware of the effects this abuse causes. I am a mother of two beautiful girls whom I adore, but I still find myself being mindful of how I discipline. I would NEVER want my children to feel the way I did growing up. One of my most vivid memories is PRAYING that God would remove me from this situation and allow me to live with my father. Knowing now what my mother also went through as a result of the abuse she was facing makes me a HUGE adovcate of changing our laws and protecting our family (at home and around the world.)

Few of us realize that at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. That means if you have more than two women in YOUR family, one of them has been or will be abused in their lifetime. Sadly, the statistics show that more than one third of American women will be abused by a someone they love* and nearly 25 percent of women in America report raped or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, or date at some time in their lifetime.* Though women are seven to 14 times more likely than men to report suffering severe physical assaults from an intimate partner*, please don’t think that this crime is gender specific. 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.* In a national survey of more than 6,000 American families, 50 percent of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children. Our children not only see this abuse happening, they FEEL it happening. Even if they are not physically abused, just seeing their parent or guardian abused inflicts terrible mental and verbal abuse. How many of us just look the other way when we see the bruises or turn the radio/television louder when we hear the yelling and screams? If you do, YOU are guilty also. No, you didn’t raise your hand to the abused, but you didn’t do your part to stop the violence.

If you or someone you love is being abused, please get help NOW! Don’t wait until it gets worse! Talk to someone you trust such as a friend or relative, someone from your job, or a trusted member of your house of worship. Put together a kit with all the things you would need to leave the house quickly including identification, money, medicine, and keys. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (799-7233) to find out where the nearest domestic violence shelter or program is located. If you feel that your life or your children’s lives are in danger CALL THE POLICE immediatly. Remember you are the expert in your life, don’t let anyone coerce you into something that’s not right for you. There is NO excuse for domestic violence. If you are in a violent relationship, one of the most important steps you can take is to make a saftey plan for your home. You can find suggestions for your own Personal Safety Plan visit endabuse.org.

For more information on Domestic Violence, visit these sites:
http://endabuse.org
http://www.ncadv.org

* Statistics can be found at endabuse.org


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