Child Abuse prevention month is in April, and Straight, No Chaser will perform a thorough review of the topic. However, it’s never too early to be aware of important trends. In the news is a report from the US Department of Health and Health and Human Services showed that the estimated number of child abuse victims in fiscal year 2014 was “702,208 – up from 682,307 in 2013.” Additionally, the report also showed that the “estimated fatalities attributable to child abuse and neglect” were “1,580 – up from 1,530 in 2013.”
I will take this space to remind you of a few points.
- The developing human body (especially its brain) doesn’t distinguish between what you may describe as discipline and what it receives as assault. A developing body is more susceptible to permanent injury than the adult body, and permanent damage is not influenced by your intent.
- If you are aware of environments in which abuse occurs, please get help. In this day and age a nearly 3 percent increase in the number of US children victimized by abuse and neglect should be shocking to us all.
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