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Child abuse is community’s business

Published 10:31am Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Child abuse leaves a permanent scar on its victims.

Children don’t know why they are being abused. It is even sadder when abuse is the only way of life they know.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse is everyone’s business.

About 70 percent of children who die from child abuse are under 4. They can’t make the call, so somebody else has to do it. There is a report of child abuse nationwide every 10 seconds….

In one study, children whose parents abuse alcohol and other drugs were three times more likely to be abused and more than four times more likely to be neglected than children from families without abuse….

The scars of child abuse in families with substance abuse are evident. As many as two-thirds of the people in treatment for drug abuse reported being abused or neglected as children….

The cycle of child abuse continues when the abused child grows up and becomes a parent. About 30 percent of abused and neglected children will abuse their own children.

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, don’t hesitate to call the police or children’s services. Inaction may result in injury or even death. It is better to make the call instead of waiting. Children’s services or the police will investigate and take appropriate action if necessary….


The Marietta Times

  • Poor Richard

    I am very surprised every time I read about a drug head being sentenced or getting off on community service, how many children they have affected for the rest of their life. How many little children have been abused, neglected and damaged from these people. I read article after article about the poor drug heads that need treatment, someone needs to ‘help’ them.

    What the ‘system’ really needs to do is stop ‘wasting’ money and funding on treatment for these criminals and take care of the children being abused by them instead. The only way the children will ever have a better life is to get a responsible parent and be completely and permanently removed from the neglect and abuse.

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