What You Need to Know
As part of our ongoing investigation into domestic violence, this week, we look at the issue of child abuse.
The term child abuse itself is often a non-descript term as so many issues fall under the term. FindLaw.com reports that child abuse is broadly defined, in many states, as any type of cruelty inflicted upon a child, including mental abuse, physical harm, neglect, and sexual abuse or exploitation. Specific crimes charged in instances of child abuse can include assault and battery.
Over three million reports of child abuse are made every year in the United States; however, those reports can include multiple children. In 2007, (the most recent national numbers available), approximately 5.8 million children were involved in an estimated 3.2 million child abuse reports and allegations.
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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!!