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Awareness

Each year in our nation, three million children are reported abused and neglected; in our state, nearly 124,000; and in St. Clair County, over 3,000 children are reported victims.

Statistics

  • One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18.
  • Every day, three children in America die as a result of abuse and neglect.
  • Two-thirds of all reported victims are under six years old.
  • Ninety percent of abusive and neglectful parents were themselves abused and neglected children.
  • PREVENTION is the key to ELIMINATION of CHILD VICTIMIZATION
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The Problem

Much is being done to PREVENT child abuse and neglect, yet we must do more. As long as a single child is abused or neglected, this struggle cannot end.

No study can guage the human toll that abuse and neglect inflicts on our children. Most physical injuries heal with time, but the emotional injuries can last a lifetime, leaving survivors to ask time and time again: "Why was I hurt so badly by those who were supposed to love and protect me?"

There is no good answer.

The St. Clair County Child Abuse/Neglect Council, and others like it all across Michigan, are working for the day when no child has to ask that question.

Every step we take toward eliminating child abuse will improve the quality of life for children, families, and communities, and will provide a better future for all of us.

Indicators

The following characteristics of children and parents may be indicative of child abuse and neglect:

The Child:

The Parent:

Disclosures of Child Abuse and Neglect:

It is required that if there is reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect, a mandated reporter shall make immediately, by telephone or otherwise, an oral report, and within 72 hours, file a written report as required by the law to the State of Michigan, Dept. of Human Services, Children's Protective Services.