SUMMARY OF THE SHOW
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. National Child Abuse Prevention Month, also known as Child Abuse Prevention Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse. April has been designated Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States since 1983.
American children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. National child abuse estimates are well known for being under-reported. The latest 2015 Child Maltreatment Report from The Children’s Bureau was published in January 2017. The report shows an increase in child abuse referrals from 3.6 million to 4 million. The number of children involved subsequently increased to 7.2 million from 6.6 million. The report also indicates an increase in child deaths from abuse and neglect to 1,670 in 2015, up from 1,580 in 2014. Some reports estimate child abuse fatalities at 1,740 or even higher.
The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average almost five (5) children every day to child abuse and neglect.
The ability to live a productive life – to love, laugh and achieve great things – begins in childhood. Abuse, neglect, family dysfunction, and childhood trauma can derail a child’s potential.