Did you know that April is child abuse prevention month?

Please don’t look the other way – child abuse is very common.

Today – a father has been charged with child abuse after his infant son was found with severe injuries while in his care.

According to a news release issued by the Slidell Police Department, around 6 p.m. Tuesday St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the residence at 4141 Walnut Street.
Tremaine Hopkins called to report that his 3-month-old was unresponsive.

When the responding deputy arrived, the infant was found on a bed “bubbling at the mouth,” struggling to breathe, according to the report.

This week – authorities arrested Ahmard Wright for first-degree cruelty to a child related to his infant son’s severe injuries.

According to warrants, the infant’s parents told doctors the child had been vomiting every day since Feb. 28. When doctors questioned the Wright about what was happening, he told them he had been watching the child and two others while his wife was running errands, when the infant’s head hit a plastic infant bath tub while bathing him.

However, doctors said the injuries were much more significant than could be caused from “the trivial trauma that said accused had described.”

It is absolutely shameful that – we have children suffering and dying of abuse – with the highest rates of death for children under one – that 37% of American children are reported to Child Protective Services by their 18th birthday.

Here are some very disappointing and gruesome facts

Nationally over 7 million U.S. children come to the attention of Child Protective Services each year according to a Children’s Bureau 2015 report.

37% of American children are reported to Child Protective Services by their 18th birthday (African American children are reported at 54%)

1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old.13

34% of people who sexually abuse a child are family members.

3% of girls were age 10 or younger at the time of their first rape/victimization, and 30% of girls were between the ages of 11 and 17.

325,000 children are at risk of becoming victims of commercial child sexual exploitation each year.

The average age at which girls first become victims of prostitution is 12 to 14 years old, and the average age for boys is 11 to 13 years old.

4 million children received prevention & post-response services.

Highest rate of child abuse in children under one (24.2% per 1,000).

80% of child fatalities involve at least one parent.

Estimated that between 50-60% of maltreatment fatalities are not recorded on death certificates.

The following information is gathered from:
Kids Count, Children’s Defense Fund,& American SPCC

What can you do to help?

1.Refer to the New York Society of Prevention of Child Cruelty and get involved.

The New York Society for Prevention of Child Cruelty (NYSPCC) – Established in 1875, was the first child protection agency in the world. Throughout its distinguished history, The NYSPCC has sought to develop and implement innovative mental health, legal and educational programs that protect children from harm and ensure their healthy development.

Today – the NYSPCC is serving children that are referred for services from a variety of sources, including the child welfare system, the court system, foster care, and the community.

You can volunteer, donate, or join their special events.

2. See something – say something!

As soon as you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, please report your concerns to the New York State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR) at 800-342-3720— open 24-hours a day to take your call.

You can make this call anonymously.

Even if you have very little information on which to base your suspicion of abuse or neglect, you should still call the SCR. Trained professionals will determine whether the information you provided can be registered as a report. If it is, the SCR will then alert the local child protective services to begin an investigation.

The New York Society for Prevention of Child Cruelty (NYSPCC) – Established in 1875, was the first child protection agency in the world. Throughout its distinguished history, The NYSPCC has sought to develop and implement innovative mental health, legal and educational programs that protect children from harm and ensure their healthy development.

Today – the NYSPCC is serving children that are referred for services from a variety of sources, including the child welfare system, the court system, foster care, and the community.

Join The NYSPCC during National Child Abuse Prevention Month for its Seventh Annual Spring Luncheon at The Pierre Hotel. The event begins with a reception at 12:00 pm, followed by the program with Guest Speaker, McKayla Maroney at 12:30 pm.
Click here to reserve tickets to the Seventh Annual Spring Luncheon.
McKayla Maroney, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team, recently made headlines for being one of the over 260 brave victims to speak up about the child sexual abuse from former U.S. Gymnastics national team doctor, Larry Nassar. In her first public appearance since the case has been revealed, Maroney will speak about her journey of recovery and healing from child sexual abuse.

With your support, vulnerable children will have the chance to heal and move forward to live happy, healthy lives.

GoBambino—the kid activity booking app is proud to partner with the NYSPCC in support of the 2018 Spring Luncheon.

Join us in the fight to prevent child cruelty!

http://theweek.com/articles/480913/americas-shameful-child-abuse-problem-5-theories

http://www.invisiblechildren.org/2017/12/29/child-abuse-statistics-the-best-resources/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw5LbWBRDCARIsALAbcOcU785ANIjimgd10_CV2txW87kiY4wcBixomev5_plLPS6cu9VymqQaAnk7EALw_wcB

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