pixie dust balloon release for child abuse angels
Wednesday 4th July 2012 12:00AM (Wednesday 4th July 2012 12:00AM)
Please release a balloon for one or more of the many children killed due to child abuse
The term child abuse is an umbrella term for any harm inflicted upon a child under the age of eighteen by an adult and it comes in many forms; emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and murder.
It is indicated through statistics that one child per week in England and Wales pass away due to child abuse. Babies are five times more likely to be murdered than children of other age groups. In the UK alone over 30,000 children are on that at-risk register. Eight of ten abused children, have also been witness to domestic violence.
In the US the figure is 4 per day on average that die from child abuse. Only 1 in 3 cases of child abuse are reported.
72% of children that are sexually abused do not tell anyone at the time they are beng abused, 27% of children that were sexually abused told someone in the future, and the remaining 31% are still silent in their agony.
2009-10 recorded over 23,000 sexual offences commited to minors, In 2010-11 one agency alone passed on over 16,000 cases of abuse to the police.
84% of inmates were abused as a child. 1 in 3 girls are sexually abused whilst the figure for boys is 1 in 5. 80% are abused by family members or someone they know and trust. 1 in 13 children whose parents are on drugs will be abused regularly.
Child abuse always affects a child that survives no matter what the age they were abused at. A very young child will remember feelings and have fears they cannot explain. An older child will remember flashes of memory and as a child is older they will remember more and more. Some manage to block out the images but the fears remain. Whether its a fear of the dark, of a bath, footsteps, an animal... you can link it all back to the abuse.
If you suspect child abuse, do not mess around. CALL your local authority.