April is Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month
The following was taken from the Potter Children’s Home Newsletter:
According to the latest U. S. Dept. of Health and Human Services data (Child Maltreatment 2007), approximately 794,000 children were found to be victims of substantiated abuse and neglect. An average of more than four children die every day as a result of child abuse or neglect (an estimated 1,760 children in 2007). In 2007, 34.1 percent of child maltreatment fatalities were associated with neglect alone. Physical abuse alone was cited in over one-quarter (26.4 percent) of reported fatalities. Another 35.2 percent of fatalities were the result of multiple maltreatment types.
No group of children is immune. Girls were slightly more likely to be victims than boys. Children of all ages experience abuse and neglect. Young children are more vulnerable and are most likely to die from maltreatment. Children younger than 4 accounted for more than 75.77 of those killed.
You can find more information and more on the Administration of Children & Families at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/inidex.htm#can