What is Child Abuse and/or Neglect?

Definition: 

 Child abuse and neglect is any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher) that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child (CDC). 

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Types of Abuse/Neglect:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Psychological Abuse
  • Medical Neglect
  • Physical Neglect
  • Educational Neglect
Statistics show that more than 3 million child abuse reports are made to child protective services in the United States yearly (nationalchildrensalliance.org). 

Magnitude of the problem:

It impacts EVERY community and EVERY person across the globe.

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Child abuse is an ongoing concern that affects many children and families.  Studies show that 1 in every 4 girls and 1 in every 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. Therefore, approximately 2,904  girls and 1,856 boys living in Lapeer County will likely be victims of sexual abuse before they reach adulthood. - It is important to note that because child abuse and neglect often goes unreported, actual rates are believed to be significantly higher.

 

Child Maltreatment Rates per 1000 Children

 

effects of child  abuse

Child abuse and/or neglect can effect people differently, however some common effects of child abuse/neglect are:

Long Term Effects: 

  • Mental health problems 
  • Poor physical health
  • Substance abuse
  • Behavioral problems such as aggression or criminality

Immediate effects:

  • Emotional and mental health problems 
  • Behavior problems and over-sexualized behavior-if a victim of child sexual abuse
  • Academic problems in childhood 
  • Substance abuse 

 

THe CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER's Impact

Children’s Advocacy Centers served more than 311,000 children around the country in 2015 (NCA).

At the Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County we recognize that there are proven steps we can take to protect our children. We believe that through advocacy, education, intervention, and treatment we can help reduce trauma to victims of child abuse. 

For further details, check out our impact!