City recognizes child abuse victims

Published 10:55 pm Tuesday, April 11, 2017

pinwheel garden was “planted” at City Hall Monday to raise awareness of child abuse.

It’s a number that’s heartbreaking to think about, but 150 of pinwheels were planted, one for each child involved in a regional abuse investigation.

We talked about the importance of raising awareness in Tuesday’s newspaper, but below is some more information about the prevalence of child abuse.

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It’s not a statistic that is unique to the area. Just how bad is the issue of child abuse in the United States?

Here are some stats from

4 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).

4 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.

4 A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.

4 Yearly, referrals to state child protective services involve 6.6 million children, and around 3.2 million of those children are subject to an investigated report.

4 In 2014, state agencies found an estimated 702,000 victims of child maltreatment. This would pack 10 modern football stadiums.

4 In 2014, state agencies identified an estimated 1,580 children who died as a result of abuse and neglect — between four and five children a day.

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

4 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.

4 Abused children are at an increased risk for domestic violence, alcoholism, drug use, smoking, depression, suicide, sexually transmitted disease and unintended pregnancies,

4 In one study, 80 percent of 21-year-olds who reported childhood abuse met the criteria for at least one psychological disorder.