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April-National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Giddings ISD invites you to join us in acknowledging the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. Throughout the month of April, we will use our home page to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention.
CHILD ABUSE STATISTICS
-A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds
-More than four children die every day as a result of child abuse.
-It is estimated that between 50-60% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates.
-Approximately 70% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4.
-More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way.
-Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.
-About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.
-In at least one study, about 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
-The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2008 is $124 billion.
Child Abuse Risk and Prevention Factors
Risk factors refer to the stressful conditions, events, or circumstances (e.g., maternal depression, substance abuse, family violence, persistent poverty) that increase a family’s chances for poor outcomes, including child abuse and neglect. Protective factors are conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities, or the larger society that mitigate risk and promote healthy development and well being. Put simply, they are the strengths that help to buffer and support families at risk.