About Child Abuse in the U.S.

There are nearly 3 million child abuse cases REPORTED each year. Experts say the actual number is closer to 9 million, since most go unreported. This puts child abuse at epidemic proportions in this country. Child abuse costs the U.S. economy $250 Million dollars a DAY. That’s nearly $104 billion each year. It’s time we do something.

You occasionally catch a heartbreaking story on the news but there are so many abused children who suffer silently in America with no hope. It is time we put our nation’s children, our future, first. How can we help the rest of the world, when we aren’t taking care of those in our own back yards? That quiet child in class or that seemingly troubled child on your street might actually be victims. Imagine feeling unprotected, unloved and unsafe.

According to a recent congressional hearing in Washington in July, 2011, experts testified that they believe nearly 10 children in America die each day, from abuse. There are so many causes out there that are worthy of our time, money and attention, but children in America and this cause, needs to be among them.

Feel proud that you are helping to keep America’s children safe. Every day we see kids neglected, abandoned, and abused. Too often we do nothing! Take pride in yourself and put aside your fear, outrage and discomfort. BE A VOICE FOR THE CHILDREN and help us our educational efforts in preventing domestic violence and abuse. 100% of our funding goes toward the printing of our class workbooks and free educational materials distributed nationwide.

Children Without a Voice USA (CWAV) delivers parenting classes, teaches Good Touch/Bad Touch and Anti-Bullying to children, and distributes free educational materials nationally. CWAV also raises awareness of the signs, symptoms, long term effects of abuse & neglect, and the consequences of not reporting suspected neglect or abuse. Our goal is to work with families and lawmakers, to prevent abuse through education and tougher sentencing. There are so many ways you can help us – distribute materials, teach a class in your area or donate!

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Definitions

Examples

Physical Abuse
Acts that caused or could have caused physical injury or death Severe beatings
Burns, bites, and bruises
Fractures
Shaking of infants and young children
Sexual Abuse or Exploitation
Involvement of the child in sexual activity to provide sexual gratification or financial benefit to the perpetrator Contacts for sexual purposes, molestation, statutory rape, prostitution, pornography, exposure, incest
Emotional Abuse
Acts or omissions other than physical abuse or sexual abuse that caused or could have caused behavioral, cognitive, affective or other mental disorders Verbal abuse or withholding emotional support;
Unreasonable demands on child to perform above capabilities;
Using shameful or bizarre forms of punishment
Neglect
Failure to provide a child with age-appropriate care although having the financial means to do so or offered assistance to do so Failure to provide food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, or adequate supervision
Child Endangerment (Some States)
Negligence that could reasonably have been anticipated to cause a child cruel or excessive physical or mental pain Letting person who behaves in an irresponsible or violent manner supervise child;
Allowing a child to witness family violence, the manufacture of illegal drugs or other felony offenses