As many of you know, April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. According to the National Children’s Alliance, in 2013, Children’s Advocacy Centers around the country served nearly 295,0001 child victims of abuse, providing victim advocacy and support to these children and their families. In 2014, this number was over 315,000.2
- 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 experienced maltreatment or abuse, nearly 80% suffered neglect; 18% suffered physical abuse; and 9% suffered sexual abuse.
- Just under 80% of reported child fatalities as a result of abuse and neglect were caused by one or more of the child victim’s parents.
For the HOPE-FAITH-LOVE Project, 20 volunteers are needed to help prevent child abuse and raise awareness. (If wearing the bracelet helps only one child, then mission accomplished.)
Volunteers pledge to:
1) Wear the HOPE-FAITH-LOVE bracelet (see above picture) for 30 days–the entire month of April–Child Abuse Prevention Month; and 2) Comment on this post, at least once, about any conversation(s) the bracelet elicits (or anything else you choose to share about your experience wearing the bracelet).
Interested parties contact me via email no later than midnight on Thursday, March 24th. Please provide a mailing address within your email. I will be mailing the bracelets out no later than March 29th, so that they will reach you by April 1st. Thank you for your help.
(Restrictions: Only the first 20 volunteers will be accepted; US residents only; one bracelet per family/address. )
1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children & Families. Child Maltreatment 2013. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/resource/child-maltreatment-2013
2 National Children’s Alliance 2013 and 2014 national statistics collected from Children’s Advocacy Center members and available on the NCA website: http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/cac-statistics
[Note: All of the information contained in this post, with the exception of the Hope-Faith-Love project, was obtained from the National Children’s Alliance website at: http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/media-room/media-kit/national-statistics-child-abuse]