Wednesday, November 29, 2006

National Child Abuse Concerns

According to Childhelp, one of the nations oldest organizations dedicated to the treatment, prevention and research of child abuse and neglect, American children are suffering from significant abuse and neglect. The statistics of child abuse in the United States are startling:
  • 4 children die every day as a result of child abuse
  • A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds and it is estimated the the actual amount of unreported cases is tripled
  • In reported cases of rapes of children under 12, 90% knew the perpetrator
  • Child abuse occurs at every socio-economic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and all levels of education
  • Many individuals in prison were abused as children
  • Children who have been abused are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs
  • Many who have been abused continue the cycle of violence by abusing their own children
The following are a few of the physical and behavioral indicators of child abuse and neglect as cited by Childhelp:

  1. Unexplained burns, cuts, bruises or welts in the shape of an object
  2. Bite marks
  3. Anti-Social Behavior
  4. Problems in School
  5. Fear of Adults
  1. Apathy
  2. Depression
  3. Hostility or Stress
  4. Lack of Concentration
  5. Eating Disorders
  1. Inappropriate Interest or Knowledge of Sexual Acts
  2. Nightmares and Bed Wetting
  3. Drastic Changes in Appetite
  4. Over compliance or Excessive Aggression
  5. Fear of a Particular Person
Educators must strive to develop a keen awareness of the children entrusted to their care. The leadership and vigilance of a committed educator is critical for the proper prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse victims.

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