Child Abuse

March is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Menstuff® has compiled the following information on Child Abuse.




Let's Make Every Month Prevention Month
Information on Child Abuse
What To Do
Smacking Hurts Parents Too
National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
Stand for Children
Reporting Abuse
OR: Child Abuse Rises in Wake of Addiction Program Cuts
Child Protective Service can be a Monkey Trap
Technology Shows Promise in SafeCare Implementation
Cost-Benefit Analysis of Two Primary Prevention Programs
Risk Terrain Modeling Predicts Child Maltreatment
Period of PURPLE Crying Program
Review of Child Sexual Abuse Primary Prevention Strategies
Nurturing Parenting Programs Offer Resources, Trainings for Positive Parenting Practices
2017 State of America's Children Report - 82 page PDF
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Information on Child Abuse

Child abuse and child neglect is a growing problem in the United States. Sadly, thousands of children are either abused, neglected, or both each year by their parents, other relatives, or authority figures. This is something that can be exceedingly difficult to deal with, and it is a very sensitive subject. There are many different forms of child abuse or neglect that can range from malnutrition, abandonment, physical abuse, or sexual related forms of abuse. As parents, teachers, and relatives, it is very important to know what to look for in terms of reading the signs that a child has been abused.


How to Prevent Child Abuse

Abuse and neglect of children is extremely damaging. Knowing how to spot the signs as soon as possible could mean the difference between life and death for a child. Providing children with the resources they need, and a shoulder to lean on is the first step towards healing kids who may have suffered from abusive relationships. Prevention and recognition are the keys to helping children around the country and the world be healthy and happy, without a life of abuse.

What to do next:

1. Stay calm!!! Do not let your emotions dictate your actions, and do not release your emotions onto persons who are supposed to investigate your case (CPS, Law enforcement, etc.)

2. Get an attorney familiar with child abuse cases, especially if the abuser is the mother of the child, of your child or your girl friend's child. In these cases, you must report the abuse or you may be charged with criminal neglect. However, we suggest getting professional advice so that the charges aren't reversed on you. Then, if the child is yours, start proceedings to gain full custody of your child and terminate the abuser's parental rights, if any.

3. Talk to medical and psychology professionals. If possible, have your child evaluated at a Child Assessment Center (CAS).

4. Talk to Law Enforcement to initiate an investigation into the allegation of child abuse. Any reasonable belief of abuse or neglect should be reported to the police.

5. Talk to Child Protective Services (CPS). If the abuse is not criminal, talk to CPS to initiate an investigation into the allegation of child abuse.

6. Document everything from this point forward, including times, dates, and places. Collect and keep all documents from all professionals who have an opinion about the child abuse. This includes therapists, doctors, policemen, and teachers. If a professional informs you that they have an opinion or a suspicion of child abuse, have them document that suspicion, preferably in the form of an affidavit. Be sure to get a copy of any opinions from professionals regarding your child's case.

OR: Child Abuse Rises in Wake of Addiction Program Cuts

Child-abuse cases in Oregon rose 19 percent after the state legislature made sharp cuts in funding for addiction-treatment programs, the Tacoma News Tribune reported June 6.

State officials said that alcohol and other drug abuse -- which play a major role in 48 percent of child-abuse cases -- was the biggest factor behind the increase. Oregon child-abuse cases have risen 125 percent in the past decade, with methamphetamine use a significant part of the trend.

The fiscal-year 2005 data come from the annual report of the Oregon Department of Human Services. The Oregon legislature cut treatment funding in 2003, in the midst of a state budget crisis.

Smacking Hurts Parents Too

Most parents who smack their children feel bad afterwards, according to a survey by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). About 4 out of 10 mothers and fathers said they even felt like crying after inflicting physical punishment on their offspring, while 69 per cent said ‘sorry’. About 7 out of 10 parents who were hit as a child were more likely to repeat the behaviour with their own offspring, according to the NSPCC survey.
Source: London Daily Telegraph

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information

The nation's largest database of child maltreatment and related child welfare materials. Includes publications, fact sheets, searchable databases, child abuse reporting telephone numbers, statistics, and summaries and analyses of state laws. Parents Anonymous / Arizona: Includes list of national affiliates Free copies at 800.FYI.3366

Stand for Children

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau: Produces two primary sources of national statistics on child abuse and neglect, which are Child Maltreatment: Reports from the States to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) and the National Incidence Study (NIS), available from the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect.

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