By: Avery Hester
Why I chose to right about child neglect?
Facts About Child Abuse
Myth Vs. Fact
MYTH #1: It's only abuse if it's violent.
Fact: Physical abuse is just one type of child abuse. Neglect and emotional abuse can be just as damaging, and since they are more subtle, others are less likely to intervene.
MYTH #2: Only bad people abuse their children.
Fact: While it's easy to say that only bad people abuse their children, it's not always in plain sight. Not all abusers are intentionally harming their children. Many have been victims of abuse themselves, and don’t know any other way to parent. Others may be struggling with mental health issues or a substance abuse problem.
MYTH #3: Child abuse doesn't happen in “good” families.
Fact: Child abuse doesn't only happen in poor families or bad neighborhoods. It crosses all racial, economic, and cultural lines. Families who seem to have it all from the outside are hiding a seceret behind closed doors.
MYTH #4: Most child abusers are strangers.
Fact: Abuse by strangers does happen, most abusers are either family members or friends close to the family.
In 2011:There were 3.4 million reports of child maltreatment in the United States involving more than six million children.Over 680,000 children were found to be victims of child maltreatment.Of these victims:78.5 percent suffered neglect.17.6 percent suffered physical abuse.9.1 percent suffered sexual abuse.1,570 children died from maltreatment. Young children are extremely vulnerable, 81.6 percent of all child fatalities were younger than four years old. More than 42.4 percent of the children who die from maltreatment every year are under a year old.