FRANKFORT — State data shows the number of children who have died as a result of abuse or neglect dropped from the previous fiscal year. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services released its annual child fatality and near-fatality report late Thursday, nearly three months after it was required to be sent to the legislature. Eighteen children died as a result of abuse or neglect in fiscal year 2011 — which covers July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. That’s down from 33 deaths the previous year. There were 29 deaths due to abuse or neglect in 2009 and 31 in 2008.
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.
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