Child Maltreatment And Child Abuse Essay

957 Words Oct 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Child Maltreatment
About 686,000 children were victims of child abuse in 2012. Of those children, 1,640 died from the abuse. 70% of the victims were under the age of three. This is shocking and heartbreaking to me. I can’t believe that this many innocent children are going through abuse and neglect and that most of them are experiencing it by their parents. 80% of perpetrators are the child’s parents and 6.1% are other relatives. I can’t imagine what distrust and emotion hurt an abused child must feel. In 2012, there were 3.4 million referrals regarding child abuse. That’s 1 in 4 children. 78% of those were neglect, 18% physical abuse, 9% sexual, and the other 11% other abuse such as emotional or threats of abuse. What’s craziest to me about these facts, is how many children are experiencing this and how many parents or abusers are getting away with it with no one knowing. Several research organisations, such as ACE, LONGSCAN, and NSCAW are looking at what causes child abuse and ways to prevent the abused child from experiencing long-term consequences. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) fact sheet, the cause of child abuse is different in every case, but researchers have found correlation to a family with a high-stress environment (stress from either work, finances, a strained marriage, etc.) and/or a family with no surrounding friends and family nearby. Children under the age of 4 years are at higher risk for abuse. Children living in a povertous…

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