Having not quite recovered from the PTSD triggered by yesterday’s post, I’d like to offer you some sources on child abuse statistics. They come from reliable sources, e.g. the Childhelp Foundation, which is a very user-friendly but slightly inaccurate source: for instance they estimate that fewer that 10% of children will be victims of sexual abuse, and the actual number is between 20-25%. Maybe what they mean is that at any point in time 10% are being sexually abused. I could buy that. But it’s a good place to start, and gives a broad overview of the societal consequences of child abuse.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Child Welfare Information Gateway swings to the other end of the pendulum: way, way too much information for the average bear, but if you are looking for statistics on anything and everything to do with child abuse you will find it here.
If you’re following along with this series, it would be good to take a look at these resources, just to familiarize yourself with the scope of the problem. You’ll find some astonishing (in a bad way) historical trends over the past decade that make me wonder what kind of pressures are being put on society that causes people to lash out at our most precious possessions, our children.
But are our children really our possessions, or are they placed in our stewardship to raise the way we see fit? That’s another discussion, isn’t it? What do you think?