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Mandatory Reporting... What you need to know
Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017
Did you know that all school officials and caregivers are Mandatory Reporters for Child abuse? Just like Doctors and Nurses, they are required by law to report any form of abuse they think has/is occuring to a child.
They should not be the only ones that are required to report. If you see something off about a child - maybe they avoid eye contact when being spoken to or steal other children's lunches - you can and should be their voice. Never second guess and almost always go with your gut. You never know the child that cannot speak about a situation at home. Smaller children act out when playing often. Know the signs and get familiar with child abuse! Each week 60.000 children in the United States are reported abused and neglected. Need more facts?
Taken from Dreamcatchers for Abused Children:
DID YOU KNOW? *1 in every 3 girls will be sexually molested before the age of 18
*1 in every 5 boys will be sexually molested before the age of 18
*Every 10 SECONDS a child is raped or killed in the U.S.
*Today up to 5 children will die from abuse or neglect
*In 13 seconds, another child will be abused in the U.S
*There were 2.9 million child abuse reports made in 1992
*ONLY 28% of the children identified as harmed by abuse are investigated
*Boys are at a greater risk of serious injury and of emotional neglect than are girls
*85% of the 1.2 - 1.5 million runaways are fleeing abuse at home
*80% of perpetrators are biological parents
*60 % of male survivors report at least one of their perpetrators to be female
*Children in mother-only households are 4 times more likely to be fatally abused
*Female abusers are typically younger than male abusers.
*The median age was 30 years for women and 33 years for men
*Today 6 children will commit suicide
*Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death (ages 15-24)
*Untreated child abuse increases the likelihood of arrest for a violent crime by 38 percent
*60 MILLION survivors are former victims of child sexual abuse in America today
*71 % of child sex offenders are under the age of 35
*38% of women & 20% of men have been sexually abused during adolescence
*It is estimated that 3%-6% of the clergy population has abused a child
*Natural mothers are the perpetrators of 93% of physical neglect, 86% educational neglect, 78% emotional neglect, 60% physical abuse, 55% emotional abuse.
*The typical pedophile molests an average of 117 children--most of whom do not report the offense
~Imagine the outcry if these statistics represented a disease, which was wiping out 5 children per day, victimizing millions, and who's by-products where disabilities & expanding violence. Youth rights are really about human rights, and simple empathy is a giant first step to the benefits of increased awareness. The high jump in child abuse statistics shows the importance of youth rights by showing cases of frightening lack of knowledge!!~ ....Go ahead.... IT'S TIME TO GET ANGRY ABOUT CHILD ABUSE IN OUR NATION!!