Child Abuse Is Forgotten? Essay

1007 Words May 5th, 2016 null Page
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. Mayra Yomali Solis (mother of the child) had been leaving her with a babysitter, Francisco Javier Rios Covarrubias. She would go see her child once a week and was aware of the abuse. Both the mother and babysitter were arrested by Mesa Police and charged. However, what did that innocent baby girl have to endure for the three years before someone finally said something? In many cases, child abuse is overlooked and even ignored. So what happens to these children and how can they be better protected?
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…

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