Bubble Bath to Blood Bath: Epidemic Of Child Violence
It has come to the point where I can no longer watch the news. Just opening my local news app each morning seeing the horror sickens me. Each and every day, there is at least one story about the unbelievable violence a child has gone through. Enough is enough.
Violence against children has become an epidemic in the United States. The most vulnerable of our society, who we are supposed to protect, live in fear each and every day. Whether it be from violence at school or home, those we should be protecting are living in a daily war.
The statistics of violence against children is staggering. It seems that the only place they are safe would be at home, but for many, there is no safe place. According to Child Help, The United States has one of the worst records of child abuse among industrialized nations. Child abuse reports involved 7.4 million children. Let me remind you, these are just the reported cases.
The United States has one of the worst records of child abuse among industrialized nations
Of these, the highest rate of child abuse is in children under age one. Over one-quarter (28.5%) of victims are younger than 3 years. 1,750 children died from abuse and neglect in 2016. 78.0% of child fatalities are caused by a parent. 49.4% of child deaths are under the age of one.
While reading these statistics I couldn’t believe my eyes. We are all aware of the child abuse problem in the U.S., but I had no idea it had grown this much. These are just the cases at home, where these little ones should be safe. The ones who are supposed to love and protect them are doing anything but.
As a survivor of domestic violence, I know firsthand the effects it can have on children. It turns their little world upside down, and in some cases, causes them to repeat the pattern to their own families. Unfortunately, the violence isn’t limited to just home.
Those who do manage to survive have a high risk of being subject to domestic violence. According to the Childhood Domestic Violence Association, 5 million children witness domestic violence each year in the US. Children in homes with violence are physically abused or seriously neglected at a rate of 1500% higher than the national average.
5 million children witness domestic violence each year in the US.
So far, these horrifying statistics are mainly before they leave their home. Let’s talk about when they are walking to school. According to the FBI, at the end of 2017, the Bureau’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Persons File contained more than 32,000 records of youngsters under the age of 18.
Am I scaring you yet? I hope so because these statistics are repulsive. The fact they are growing each year only shows not enough is being done to save our babies. But wait, there’s more. If our children are lucky enough to survive at home and make it to school without being abducted, their chance is still high to become a victim of violence at school.
There has been a spotlight on school shooting as it should be, but that isn’t the only violence in schools and it is not limited to just high schools. Even school-aged children as young as five are experiencing violence in school. It can include bullying, physical, and sexual violence, and the use of weapons. What about the kids who are in foster care and are runaways? The statistics only get higher?
We as human beings have a moral obligation to take action. We sit back and blame politics and political parties for the violence among children. Yes, they could be doing more to combat it, but it is not just up to them. We all need to take responsibility.
From my own personal views, morality is seriously lacking in the United States. As a Christian, instilling my Faith along with the values and morals I live by into my children is vital and what I believe to be a big part in why my children have turned out to be such phenomenal human beings, but this isn’t the only thing we should be doing.
Think about this. For pretty much everything we do in life, we are required some kind of school or training. We go to college to earn a degree or some type of trade school. We even have to study to drive. Why not a parenting class along with prenatal care. What about stiffer penalties for those who violate children. There must be more that we can do to protect our children. It is ALL of our responsibilities to do so. No passing the buck.
We shouldn’t have to hear stories about babies being stabbed and burned in ovens. We shouldn’t have to hear about the little boy who was tortured and murdered by the hands of those who were supposed to protect him. There shouldn’t be another suicide of a young person because they are being bullied to the point where they can’t take it anymore. We shouldn’t have to hear about the sexual assault or rape of a child. There needs to be accountability.