Home » Posts tagged 'Child Abuse'
Tag Archives: Child Abuse
by Brian T. Lynch, MSW
I knew a boy once who had a long red mark on his neck that someone thought was from physical abuse by his father. I talked to the boy. When I asked how he got the mark on his neck, he fell silent. Then he motioned for me to follow him.
He brought me outside to a shed in the back yard and opened the door. He pointed to a piece of rope on the floor and said,”I tried to hang myself, but the rope broke,” I put my hand on his shoulder as we both just stared at the rope.
I went back to the house to speak with his dad, The man clearly loved his son. He said he just wanted his boy to grow up “the right way.” He admitted he yelled a lot, but said he would never touch is son because of the way his own dad had beaten as a child.
I asked the father to show me his scars from those beatings. He pointed to his heart and said, “They are all here inside me.”
“That,” I said, “is where your son’s scars are as well.” Then I told him how his son got the mark on his neck. The man called his son into the room, grabbed him in a hug and wept. The scars that harm us most are almost always the ones no one else can see.
The trial and conviction of former Penn State football coach, Jerry Sandusky, for child sexual abuse allowed many people to hear for the first time the graph details that makes these crimes so repulsive. Civil hearings on child sexual abuse cases usually take place in closed courtrooms for the protection of these young victims. In this case, however, the victims are now adults, the trial was public and very high profile. People paid attention and learned just how violent these child rapes are. This made it easy to see just how destructive these betrayals of a child’s trust are and why it scars children for life.
This may be a good point to consider the scope of the child sexual abuse problem. Perhaps the information presented below will have greater resonance than when first posted a number of months ago. Each red dot on the map below is a Sandusky type horror story for some innocent child in America. So what are we going to do about it???
Most of these children wait for a rescue that will never come. They are in extreme danger and law enforcement knows where they are. Investigators go home every night knowing there are thousands of children out there beyond their reach, because they have not been given the resources they need to rescue them.
See The Ed Show Segment on this issue
Watch a Video Plea From Children
Go to Protect for More Detailed Information
View my post on Child Fatality Risk Factors (Because child sexual abuse is not the only problem our children face every day)
Investing in Public Programs Matters: How State Policies Impact Children’s Lives
Read more here: http://bit.ly/zbNSSY
Public Investments in Children Matter.
The STATE CWI draws from the most comprehensive set of data used to form a state index of child well-being. With these data, the STATE CWI ranks children’s well-being in seven different domains for each state and compares them across states. In addition to state rankings, this report includes new findings about the strength of relationships between state policies and selected economic and demographic factors indicative of child well-being.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Mark Mather and Genevieve Dupuis
Population Reference Bureau
Child Well-Being Index (CWI)
The FCD Child Well-Being Index (CWI) is a national, research-based composite measure updated annually that describes how young people in the United States have fared since 1975. The NATIONAL CWI, released publicly for the first time in 2004, is the nation’s most comprehensive measure of trends in the quality of life of children and youth. It combines national data from 28 indicators across seven domains into a single number that reflects overall child well-being. The seven quality-of-life domains are Family Economic Well-Being, Health, Safe/Risky Behavior, Educational Attainment, Community Engagement, Social Relationships, and Emotional/Spiritual Well-Being.
The rate at which children are dying at the hands of family members in this country is shameful and so unbelievable sad. The BBC just did a special about it here: BBC Special Report [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15288865].
So I thought I would share a guide I developed. This isn’t a pleasant topic, I know, but it is an important one.
Below are some risk factors associated with higher rates of child deaths from abuse or neglect. These were drawn from a survey of literature regarding child maltreatment fatalities. The link above is to the report itself, which you should read. The points below summarizes some of the information the report contains. All credit goes to the Academy for Professional Excellence who put out the report. Who knows, blogging this might raise someone’s red flag some day and lead to a timely report for a child at risk, or encourage a struggling parent to ask for help.
If any parents out there are worried about themselves and their children, and see these attributes as fitting their own circumstances, please seek the support and assistance you need right away. There are a lot of good folks and organizations who are ready to help. See the list of resources below.
(Note to others: Please don’t report a family based only on the fact they have some of these attributes. That would be wrong and maybe even harmful. Reports, generally speaking, should be bases on a reasonable suspicion that a caregiver’s actions or inactions have, or could have significantly harmed a child.)
– There is a new born infant in the home
– A child is under three-years-old (children 3 and under account for over 75% of all fatalities.)
– A child has medical, behavioral, or developmental problems
– A child is ill or handicapped
– A child was born premature
– An infant has colic
– A child is hostile, aggressive or excessively fussy
– A child has disturbed or unusual behaviors
– A child has a recent history of vomiting, reoccurring medical concerns or multiple hospitalizations
– There are two or more children under 3 years old
– Family lacks suitable child care availability
– Family is financially poor
– Children have different biological fathers
– Unrelated adults are living in the home
– Family has a history of severe or repeated instances of maltreatment
– There are multiple father figures in and out of the home
– The family has frequent moves
– Lives near or below the poverty line
– Has a low education level (no high school diploma0
– Has poor stress coping abilities
– Has a history of abuse as a child
– Has had his/her parental rights terminated in the past
– Is a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence
– Has a history of violence or criminality
– Has a problem with substance abuse
– Has a deficit of skills related to parenting (including ineffective or inconsistent discipline)
– Has unrealistic expectations about children’s behavior and capabilities
– Lacks emotional attachment to the child
– Has mental health problems (e.g. depression)
– Is socially isolated, without a healthy support system
– Is a teenage mother, particularly for the second or subsequent child
– Is a mother who never pursued prenatal care
IN NEW JERSEY: http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/index.shtml
National Child Abuse Hotline
24 Hours a Day
Child Abuse National Hotline
National Youth Crisis Hotline
National Youth Development
National Runaway Switchboard
This hot-line is a referral service for youths in personal crisis.
|Alabama||Dept. of Human Resources||334 242-9500|
|Alaska||24-hr hotline:||800 478-4444|
|Arizona||Phoenix hotline:||800 541-5781|
|Arkansas||Dept. of Human Services||800 482-5964|
|California||Dept. of Social Services Office of Child Protective Services||916 445-2771|
|Colorado||DenverCounty: 24 hr. hotline||303 727-3000|
|Connecticut||Reporting 24 hrs:||800 842-2599|
|Delaware||Reporting 24 hrs in-state:||800 292-9582|
|District of Columbia||Report child abuse
Report child neglect
|Florida||Abuse Registry||800 962-2873|
|Georgia||Dept. of Human Resources Child Protective and Placement Services Unit:||404 657-3408|
|Hawaii||Dept. of Human Services 24hr hotline:||808 832-5300|
|Idaho||For information and referral to regional office:||208 334-0808|
|Illinois||In-State Parents under stress and Reporting 24 hrs:||800 252-2873|
|Iowa||In-state hotline:||800 362-2178|
|Kansas||Reporting 24 hr hotline:||800 922-5330|
|Kentucky||Local Dept. for Social Services or statewide hotline:||800 752-6200|
|Louisiana||24 hr hotline:||504 925-4571|
|Maine||Reporting 24 hrs:||800 452-1999|
|Maryland||County office of Dept. of Human Resources: Child Protective Services.||Click here for Phone Listings|
|Massachusetts||24 hr hotline:||800 792-5200|
|Michigan||24 hr. hotline:||800 942-4357|
|Minnesota||County office of Dept. of Social Services.||Click here for Phone Listings|
|Mississippi||24 hr hotline:||800 222-8000|
|Montana||24 hr. hotline:||800 332-6100|
|Nebraska||Reporting 24 hrs:||800 471-5128|
|Nevada||24 hr. hotline:||800 992-5757|
|New York||Reporting 24 hrs:||800 342-3720|
|New Mexico||24 hr. hotline:||800 432-2075|
|New Jersey||24 hr. hotline:||877 652-2873|
|New Hampshire||In-state hotline:||800 894-5533|
|North Dakota||Reporting: CountySocial Services or:||701 328-4806|
|North Carolina||24 hr. hotline:||800 662-7030|
|Ohio||Dept. of Human Services Child Protective||614 466-0995|
|Oklahoma||24 hr. hotline:||800 522-3511|
|Oregon||Dept. of Human Resources Childrens’ Services Division||503 945-5651|
|Pennsylvania||24 hr. hotline in-state:||800 932-0313|
|Puerto Rico||24 hr. hotline:||800 981-8333|
|Rhode Island||24 hr. hotline:||800 742-4453|
|South Carolina||Dept. of Social Services Division of Child Protective and Preventive Services||803 734-5670|
|South Dakota||Child Protective Services||605 773-3227|
|Tennessee||Dept. of Human Services Child Protective Services||615 313-4746|
|Texas||24 hr. hotline:||800 252-5400|
|Utah||24 hr. hotline:||800 678-9399|
|Vermont||Dept. of Social and Rehabilitation Services||802 241-2131|
|Virginia||24 hr. in state hotline:||800 552-7096|
|Washington||24 hr. hotline:||800 562-5624|
|West Virginia||24 hr. hotline:||800 352-6513|
|Wisconsin||Dept. of Health and Social Services||608 266-3036|
|Wyoming||In-State Reporting:||307 777-7922|