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Be Informed

Child Abuse is Preventable!

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Each year in Iredell County there are over 2,000 reports of child abuse and neglect. Together, we can work to reduce those numbers. We can make a difference in the lives of the children in our communities! 

Statistics:

  • ​Childhood maltreatment is the leading cause of childhood injuries and fatalities. Almost 5 children die each day at the hand of a caregiver.
  • ​74.9% are victims of neglect. 18.3% were physically abused. 8.6% of victims were sexually abused. 7.1% were victims of emotional abuse.
  • ​The highest rate of abuse occurs in children under one year of age. Almost 78% of fatalities were children under three years old.
  • Child abuse crosses all socioeconomic and educational levels, religions, ethnic and cultural groups.​


​*Statistics from the American Society for the Positive Care of Children

How to recognize abuse

The Child

  • ​Sudden changes in behavior or school performance
  • Lack of medical care
  • Learning difficulties not attributed to specific causes
  • Always watchful as if preparing for something bad to happen
  • Lacks adult supervision
  • Overly compliant, passive or withdrawn
  • Arrives at school/activities early, stays late and does not want to go home

 

The Parent

  •  Shows little concern for the child
  • Denies the existence of or blames the child for the child's problems in school or at home
  • Asks teachers or other caregivers to use harsh physical punishment if the child misbehaves
  • Sees the child as entirely bad, worthless or as a burden
  • Demands a level of physical or academic achievement that the child cannot achieve
  • Looks primarily to the child for care, attention and satisfaction of emotional needs

The Parent and Child

  •  Rarely touch or look at each other
  • Consider the relationship entirely negative
  • State that they do not like each other