This fact sheet initiates new public service from Prevent Child Abuse America that has been made possible through a grant from the Sigma Delta Tau Sorority. Fact sheets will be issued periodically on a variety of subjects as needs arise. Fact sheets may be reproduced without notice to NCPCA; however, we request that the author, if any, and Prevent Child Abuse America be credited as the source if reproduced in part or in whole in other publications or products.
How much a society values its children can be measured by how well their children are treated. The fact that more than three children a day die from physical abuse or chronic neglect in the United States calls into question America’s commitment to its young, especially as many of these deaths are preventable. The fact sheet provides information on child maltreatment fatalities including: 1) national statistics regarding the scope of the problem, 2) the relationship between fatalities and child abuse reports, 3) the underlying causes of child abuse fatalities, and 4) strategies for child welfare agencies and others to prevent future deaths.
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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.
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It May Just Save a Child's Life!!