Child Abuse Is Important For Numerous Reasons

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FOUNDATIONS In the United States, one in seven children are abused at some point during their childhood (Bartol & Bartol, 2014). Child abuse is when a parent, legal guardian or caregiver fails to act or through their actions causes injuries, death, emotional harm, sexual harm or death to a child. Abuse can be divided into four categories: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. Child abuse prevention is important for numerous reasons. Some of the reason includes, adverse childhood experience affect adulthood experiences, safety, future victimization and perpetration and decreases the outcome of cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems.
In 2013, an estimated 1,520 children died from abuse and neglect in the United States. In the same year, Children’s Advocacy Centers around the country served nearly 295,000 child victims of abuse, providing victim advocacy and support to these children and their families. In 2014, this number was over 315,000 (National Statistics on Child Abuse, 2014). Some of the 2013 national abuse statistics states:
• An estimated 679,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect (unique instances).
• 47 states reported approximately 3.1 million children received preventative services from Child Protective Services agencies in the United States.
• Children in the first year of their life had the highest rate of victimization of 23.1 per 1,000 children in the national population of the same age.
• Of the children who…

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