Child Abuse : An Epidemic Essay

1112 Words May 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Child Abuse Epidemic
In January, officers responded to the scene of a crime in Mesa, Arizona. Here, they found a three-year-old child stuffed in a garbage bag in a closet and surrounded by feces. Her mouth, arms, hands and legs were tied with duct tape. The young girl was malnourished and had been offered to men for sex. Her small, helpless body was abundant in blisters, scars and bruises. What did that innocent baby girl have to endure for the three years before someone finally said something? Where were Child protective services? In many cases, child abuse is overlooked and even ignored. What happens to these children and how can they be better protected? Everyone needs to be educated and combine in a group effort to save abused children.
Child abuse is an epidemic in this country. Many people lack the facts, therefor they believe that the US is adequately handling child abuse. So, what are the facts? In 2005, about 3.3 million referrals were made to CPS or other agencies. Of those referrals, 899,000 children were confirmed victims. This means that 12 out of every 1000 children in the US under 18 were victims. 61.7 percent of these referrals came from mandatory reporters such as doctors, teachers and law officials. This means people see the abuse all the time and don’t report it because they aren’t mandated to do so. But there’s more… Did you know there are three times more children that are maltreated than are actually reported to Child Protective Services? Let’s also…

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