People often think that child abuse cases occur in other families and other communities, but they are not close to them. But everyone should be aware that the victims of child abuse come from all socioeconomic backgrounds, living environments and races.
Statistics on child abuse in 2015 show that more than 1,500 children die each year in the United States due to child abuse and neglect. In addition, 75% of fatal child abuse victims are under 3 years old, and 78% of fatal child abuse victims are injured by their parents.of
It is not well-known strangers who pose the greatest danger to children, but those who are entrusted with them. Not only do men harm children, 54% of reported abusers are women and 45% are men.
In 2015, 683,000 (rounded) victims of child abuse and neglect were reported nationwide. The rate of victims in reported cases is 1 in 110 children.
Neglect is the most common form of child abuse, followed by physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and finally medical neglect. Do you think the children you know or the children you see on the playground may be dangerous? You may not be willing to intervene, but the child at risk may suffer.
Cases and stories of child abuse
These child abuse cases and stories directly from newspaper headlines help to emphasize the prevalence of child abuse so that everyone is more likely to report suspected child abuse and neglect:
- Neglect-A mother in Dallas, Texas, failed to help her control the disease and caused her 9-year-old child to die from complications of diabetes.
- Physical/Emotional Abuse-A mother in north-central Texas took her three children because of a surrogate’s case of Monchosen syndrome.
- Physical abuse-Two parents in Dallas, Texas have been accused of abusing their 6-month-old baby so badly that he was in the intensive care unit and people thought he could not recover.
- Physical abuse-A mother’s boyfriend was accused of killing her 6-year-old son.
- Physical abuse-A father was accused of causing the death of his three-month-old baby who was found to be unresponsive, fractured, and torn liver.
- Physical abuse-A father in Lodi, California, was accused of physical abuse after a school employee noticed and reported that a 6-year-old student was burned, which is believed to be caused by an iron. She was also beaten with clubs and her mother was charged with crimes against children.
- Physical abuse-A mother and her cohabiting boyfriend in Janesville, Wisconsin were accused of abuse after repeatedly beating her 3-year-old daughter and requiring emergency brain surgery.
- Physical abuse-The boyfriend of a child’s mother in Wilmington, Delaware beat and killed a 16-month-old girl because she kept crying.
- Physical abuse-In Lawrence, Massachusetts, a 9-year-old child was beaten by his mother’s boyfriend.
- Physical abuse-In Fall River, Massachusetts, a mother was accused of scalding her 4-year-old adopted child with a curling iron, resulting in third-degree burns and requiring skin transplants.
Unfortunately, there are more cases of child abuse that have not been reported. If you think your child has been abused or neglected, please report it.
Many people are reluctant to spy on or question the parenting “style” of other people, but if their behavior appears abusive or suspicious, please trust your instincts and contact the authorities.
Most states have a child abuse report number or hotline for you to use so that child welfare specialists can investigate suspicious cases of child abuse or neglect.