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Children need to be taught how to defend themselves against predators. They need to know about the dangers of the world and what's out there. Our children of today face so many dangers that my generation did not have to deal with. With being a pre-teen or teen these days, kids face the pressures of drugs, gangs, and, as in all generations, sex. Please make sure your children realize the dangers of being involved with drugs and gangs, as both of these can and do kill many, many children every day.

Keeping kids happy, healthy and safe is a worry all parents have, no matter how old your child is or what era you raised your children in. 

On top of all of this, our children must also be aware of the dangers of predators. They are out there, in every town, every community, no matter how small the village, there are dangerous people who are out to hurt our children. Sometimes, it's even the parents themselves. Very sad, that folks must go through this. Abuse of children, be it physical, mental or sexual, can have a lasting impact on a person, all the way through their adult life. Some never heal from the trauma of their abuse, and others of us learn to deal with our situations through therapy.

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National Statistics
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  • 4 children die every day as a result of child abuse and three out of four of these victims are under the age of 4.

  • A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds.

  • Of the reported rapes of children under 12 years old, 90% of the victims knew the perpetrator.

  • Child abuse occurs at every socio-economic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.

  • 36.7% of all women in prison and 14.4% of all men in prison in the United States were abused as children.

  • Children who have been sexually abused are 2.5 times more likely to abuse alcohol and 3.8 times more likely to become addicted to drugs.

  • One third of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.

  • An estimated 906,000 children are victims of abuse & neglect every year. The rate of victimization is 12.3 children per 1,000 children

  • Children ages 0-3 are the most likely to experience abuse. They are victimized at a rate of 16.4 per 1,000

  • 1,500 children die every year from child abuse and neglect. That is just over 4 fatalities every day.

  • 79% of the children killed are younger than 4.

  • There are nearly 3 million reports of child abuse made annually.

  • In 2003, there were 906,000 child abuse convictions.

  • The rate of child abuse is estimated to be 3 times greater than is reported.

  • The rate of victimization is 12.3 children per 1,000 children.

  • Children ages 0-3 are the most likely to experience abuse. They are victimized at a rate of 16.4 per 1,000.

  • 80% of young adults who had been abused met the diagnostic criteria for at least 1 psychiatric disorder at the age of 21 (including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, & post-traumatic stress disorder).

  • Abused children are 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy.

  • Children who experience child abuse & neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violent crime.

  • 14.4% of all men in prison in the United States were abused as children and 36.7% of all women in prison were abused as children.

  • Children who have been sexually abused are 2.5 times more likely develop alcohol abuse.

  • Children who have been sexually abused are 3.8 times more likely develop drug addictions.

  • Nearly 2/3ís of the people in treatment for drug abuse reported being abused as children.

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Help your child and yourself learn how to deal with Abuse and Molestation. Let's all help to stop the vicious circles of crimes against children. Children are our most precious resource, they do not deserve to be beaten or violated. It makes them feel bad about themselves and they lose their self-respect as well as confidence, and self-assurance. Abuse is one of the worst things a child can go thru. I know, I have been there. These crimes done to children not only affect them as a child but will continue to affect them as an adult and as a parent themselves. It is hard to break the circle of abuse, but by educating our youth today we can stop the abuse of tomorrow.

Help spread the word about Child Abuse and let's work together to help put a stop to such family violence! If you are a victim of child or spousal abuse or any sort of Domestic Violence, please seek help! There are usually many shelters in most communities where you seek refuge should you be in a violent situation at home and have no where else to go!

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