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Most Abuse Happens At Home

Posted by Sandra On July - 28 - 2013

art-abuse-620x349Most adults who were abused as children were harmed by those in their immediate family rather than by those in religious, educational or health institutions, new research shows. The findings, based on statistics from more than 3500 telephone calls to the Adults Surviving Child Abuse helpline in the past four years, quashes the perception that most abuse happens inside institutions.

They show that 63 per cent of callers said they had been abused by an immediate family member, compared to 18 per cent who said they had been abused by perpetrators in institutions. Twenty per cent of callers said they had been abused by a member of their extended family; 10 per cent by family friends and 2 per cent by strangers. Nineteen per cent said they had been abused by multiple perpetrators. READ MORE HERE


Know the Facts about Child Abuse

More than 3 million children are reported to protective service agencies each year.
  What are the types of child abuse and neglect?

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect, known also as emotional abuse
  Harm to Children can Result From:
  • Physical Injury, such as beatings, burns or bites.
  • Constant criticism, insults, the withholding of love.
  • Rape, fondling of the genitals, incest.
  • The failure to provide food, clothing , shelter or medical care.
  Who abuses children – and where?
  • Most child abuse occurs in the family home. Parents, siblings and visitors can all inflict abuse.
  Children who are physically abused may:
  • Be nervous around adults.
  • Be watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen.
  • Have difficulty playing.
  • Act aggressive to adults and other children.
  • Be unable to concentrate at school.
  • Suddenly underachieve – or overachieve – at school.
  • Find it difficult to trust other people and make friends.
  • Arrive at school too early, or leave after the other children
  Children who are sexually abused may:
  • Behave differently when the abuse starts.
  • Care less about their appearance, or their health.
  • Talk or act sexually at too early an age.
  • Be secretive and stop talking about home -life.
  • Start soiling themselves.
  • Be unable to sleep.
  • Suddenly find physical contact frightening.
  • Run away from home.
  Children who are neglected or emotionally abused may:
  • Have difficulty learning to talk.
  • Find it hard to develop close relationships.
  • Be over-friendly with strangers.
  • Be unable to play imaginatively.
  • Think badly of themselves.
  • Underachieve at school.
Remember: None of these signs prove that child abuse is present, since any of them may be noticeable at one time or another. But when they occur repeatedly or in combination with one another, the child may be suffering abuse.
  What can you do to help?
  • If you suspect a child is being abused, the child must be protected from further abuse.
  • Call your local Child Protective Service Agency. You’ll find the number in the front of your phone book.
  To Help prevent child abuse, you can:
  • Be a nurturing parent!
  • Help a friend, neighbor or relative if they are having difficulty with their children.
  • Get involved – advocate for services to help families.
  • Volunteer at a local child abuse program.
  • Help to develop parenting resources at your local library.

By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
Educate Yourself--Learn the Facts--It may Just Save a Child's Life!!

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