Saturday, November 28, 2009

1-800-4-a-child

Facts About Child Abuse

* 84 percent of prison inmates were abused as children.
* One in three girls and one in five boys are sexually abused by an adult at some time during childhood. (Most sexual abusers are someone in the family or someone the child knows, not the proverbial stranger with a lollipop.)
* Families with four or more children have higher rates of abuse and neglect, especially if their living conditions are crowded or they live in isolated areas.
* More than 80 percent of abusers are a parent or someone close to a child. Child abuse is far more likely to occur in the child's home than in a day care center.
* One in thirteen kids with a parent on drugs is physically abused regularly. (Drug and alcohol abuse in the family makes child abuse about twice as likely.)
* One out of ten babies born today are born to mothers who are abusing drugs. Drinking and smoking heavily during pregnancy also endangers the health of unborn children.

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