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Posted by Julia Tortorice
Child abuse is a hidden epidemic that is happening around the globe, and the United States is no exception. In fact, out of all of the industrialized nations, the U.S. has one of the worst records of child abuse. According to child abuse statistics shared by the nonprofit Childhelp, a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds in the United States. Where in the U.S. are children suffering the most from abuse? NY Requirements put together this visual to determine which states have the highest rates of child abuse cases. Our team pulled data from the Child Maltreatment 2020 report compiled by the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to find the number of child victims in each state in 2020. The number of victims was then compared to the total number of people under the age of 18 who reside in the state to find the rate of child abuse cases in each state. While these child abuse facts are eye-opening, it’s an important statistic to high...

Posted by Emily Pazel
Although it’s not a light-hearted topic to discuss, human trafficking is a huge problem that happens around the globe more often than you think. In fact, around 40 million people every year are impacted in some form by this tragic situation around the world.  Every year in January, human trafficking – which is the exploitation of individuals through threat or use force, coercion, abduction, fraud, and/or deception – is brought to light during National Human Trafficking Month to help raise awareness about this deeply disturbing event and aims to try to put an end to it, which is a large feat to undertake. Unfortunately, among the different types of human trafficking, child sex trafficking and the recruitment and use of children soldiers are the types of ways children can become involved. It’s important to be on the lookout for signs that someone may be experiencing in this situation.  Signs to Look Out for It’s believed that human traf...

Posted by Emily Pazel
Every child deserves a warm bed and the unconditional love and support of a family. Unfortunately, that isn’t the scenario for many children. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 4 adults have been physically abused as a child. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a month dedicated to bringing awareness about and sharing ways to prevent child abuse, according to a national proclamation that was released by President Donald Trump in March. Child abuse is a worldwide problem with serious, life-long consequences. By definition, child maltreatment is the abuse and neglect that occurs to children under 18 years of age. Child abuse is defined by a vast spectrum of abuse that included physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect, negligence, and commercial or other exploitation, which results in the harm of the child’s life. Worldwide Statistics Although current estimates vary widely depending on the country a...

Posted by Katrina Poggio
Child abuse fatalities are rising, especially in Texas and Indiana, according to recent reports. The United States Department of Health and Human Services released a Child Maltreatment 2016 report in early February 2018. The report, which covers the 2016 fiscal year, shows a 7 percent increase in child deaths related to abuse when compared to 2015. The 49 states that participated reported 1,700 fatalities as a result of child maltreatment. In 2015, there were 1,589 fatalities reported, according to a news release. “Helping state child welfare agencies prevent and address child abuse and neglect is one of our top priorities this year,” said Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary for children and families at ACF, in a news release. “Collaborating with state child protective services helps us collect case-level data to better understand what’s occurring in a home when a child is neglected or abused.” Of the total 3.5 million children who were t...

Posted by Kristal Roberts
When it comes to child abuse, a Congress-spurred commission found that the United States  didn't have coherent, effective strategies for reducing the high number of children who die each year from abuse and neglect. The official federal data states these deaths fall between 1,500 to 1,600 annually in recent years, but with the gaps in how the data is complied, the true number may be as much as 3,000 a year.  Commission chairman David Sanders, who is the executive vice president of Casey Family Programs, believes that number can be reduced to zero. "We looked at the airline industry — no one accepts a plane crash anymore. We can get that way with child fatalities," he said. The report's recommendations for addressing the issue include expanding safe-haven programs for abandoned infants and enlisting a broader range of community organizations to help often-overburdened child protection service workers. Still, the commission, comprised of s...

Posted by Kristal Roberts
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Child abuse is a horrible crime that is surprisingly common---more than 3 million child abuse reports are made in the United States each year. It's suspected that many more go unreported. Often times, the only chance children may have of escaping abuse involves an adult intervention. This can come from a family friend, a teacher, or a health professional, anyone. All that matters is that you can recognize the symptoms, and use your voice to speak on behalf of a possible victim. Things You May Notice from a Child Abuse Victim If a child is being physically abused, they may exhibit unexplained bruises and welts on the body. The injury may have a pattern that looks like a hand or a belt. If you’re a medical professional trying to examine a child, they might shy away from being touched. They may also express fear about going home. He or she may be on edge or “alert”, expecting some type of punishment or something bad to happen. They may wear long sleev...

Posted by Norlyn Golez
The neglect and abuse of children have a lasting effect on their health, according to a new study. Children who are wrongly treated may develop long-term hormone issues that increase the possibility of diabetes, obesity and other health issues well into adulthood. A study was conducted with 95 adults, who are 35 to 65 years of age, who were victims of childhood abuse and neglect emotionally, physically, and sexually. Their weight-regulating hormones were monitored. During the study, the subjects were classified into groups depending on the level of suffering that they endured. The study was focused on examining leptin, which regulates the appetite and fat levels, adinopectin, which relieves inflammation, and irisin, which is responsible for energy metabolism. The most severely abused and neglected children showed more irisin and leptin but lesser adinopectin. All these hormone irregularities may lead to obesity. After taking into account the differences brought about by ...