The Issue of Child Abuse
Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States.
It’s a terrible epidemic that we at Childhelp are dedicated to put an end to.
To do this, we need to first increase awareness of the issue itself.
What is child abuse? Child abuse is when a parent or caregiver,
whether through action or failing to act, causes injury, death, emotional
harm or risk of serious harm to a child. There are many forms of child
maltreatment, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation,
and emotional abuse.
Read through the sections below on the different types of child abuse to learn about
signs to look out for. If you see these signs in anyone you know, or are a victim of
child abuse, get help right away.
Prevent Child Abuse
What can I do as a parent to prevent child abuse?
- Contact the National Parent Helpline® to get emotional support from a trained Advocate
and become empowered and a stronger parent. http://www.nationalparenthelpline.org/
- The National Children’s Advocacy Center models, promotes, and delivers excellence in
child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership. The
Center’s prevention services include a list of parent resources.
- 24 Ways You Can Prevent Child Abuse
Coping with Child Abuse
Below please find some helpful resources for coping with child abuse.
Child Abuse in Montgomery County
Montgomery County is the third largest County in Pennsylvania with approximately 800,000 residents.
Our communities are economically and culturally diverse and include long established residential
neighborhoods, farmlands and urban areas. Mission Kids provides services to match our County’s
diverse population, including non-English speaking residents and individuals with disabilities.
There is no corner of our county untouched by child abuse, including allegations of sexual abuse or exploitation and serious physical abuse. These cases cut across all geographic, economic, racial, and ethnic boundaries in Montgomery County and is a silent epidemic. In 2016, Mission Kids served over 520 children.
Of those cases:
- 67% were females, 32% were males
- 83% of the alleged offenders were known to the Child
- 46% of alleged offenders were a family member, including Parents, Stepparents, Grandparents, Siblings,
and Extended Family Members.
- The alleged offender was an Unknown Person / Stranger in only 2% of the cases.
- Ages of the children served:
- 21% were 2 to 6 years old
- 35% were 7 to 12 years old
- 44% were 13 to 17 years old