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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and here are some staggering statistics about how child abuse impacts children, their families and their future.

Every year more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children (a referral can include multiple children).

The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention links adverse childhood experiences (which include other household dysfunctions along with abuse and neglect) with a range of long-term health impacts. 

Individuals who reported six or more adverse childhood experiences had an average life expectancy two decades shorter than those who reported none. 

Ischemic heart disease (IHD), Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), liver disease and other health-related quality of life issues are tied to child abuse.

More than 70% of the children who died as a result of child abuse or neglect were 2 years of age or younger. More than 80% were not yet old enough for kindergarten.

Around 80% of child maltreatment fatalities involve at least one parent as perpetrator.

14% of all men in prison and 36% of women in prison in the USA were abused as children, which is about twice the frequency seen in the general population.

Children who experience child abuse & neglect are about 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity.

SOURCE: ChildHelp.org.

There are many organizations in Western North Carolina you can support, here are a few:

Kids Advocacy Resource Effort - Haywood CountyKids Advocacy Resource Effort - Haywood County

AWAKE (Adults Working and Advocating for Kids' Empowerment) — Jackson CountyAdults Working and Advocating for Kids' Empowerment) — Jackson County

Mountain Child Advocacy Center — Asheville

KIDS PLACE — Macon County

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