In the minute it takes you to read this paragraph, 250 babies will be born around the world. You will blink nearly 12 times, a hummingbird will flap its wings 4,000 times; 7.15 billion human hearts will beat, collectively, more than 500 billion times. 116 people will get married, and another 144 people will celebrate moving into a new home. And, six new reports of child abuse will be made.
A child abuse report is made every 10 seconds.
Year after year, an average of 3.6 million reports of child abuse and neglect are made to child protection agencies for over 6.6 million children. Though our nation is one of the most advanced, our children suffer the worst statistics among other industrialized nations. We lose an average of four to seven children a day to child abuse and neglect.
Consider 10 football stadiums. Pack each one with children. Now, consider each of those 702,000 children are victims of child maltreatment. This is the staggering number of children experiencing abuse in the United States yearly.
The physical, mental, and emotional repercussions of neglect and abuse do not end when a child becomes an adult. In fact, without intervention, these most fragile children continue to live with the effects of a broken childhood long into adulthood.
Studies show that former foster youth, those most likely to have experienced maltreatment and abuse, are twice as likely to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as combat veterans. Often, the lingering effects of child abuse continues to impact the health of the child, causing mental health disorders, addictions, suicide, depression, teenage pregnancy, as well as long-term health issues such as heart disease, pulmonary and liver diseases. Children who’ve experienced adverse childhood experiences have an average life expectancy decrease of two decades, as opposed to those without childhood trauma.
We know the statistics are overwhelming. We also know you care.
Here at Walden we are committed to lowering and reversing those statistics, and making sure every child has a loving family and environment that not only fosters healing, but also promotes growth and success. We believe every child deserves the right to achieve their greatest potential towards self-sufficiency and productivity.
We accomplish this through therapeutic interventions, an excellent team of loving social workers, as well as great support from people like you.
Year after year, we see Walden children overcome the statistics and thrive because of your support. Our 2017 Impact Report shows the difference you have and continue to make in our children.
As we work to raise the awareness of child abuse this month, we ask you to join us in helping children heal. Help us spread the word:
As a community, we will change the lives of children.
Thank you for helping us support healing children.
To read more about what you can do to help a child heal, see the other posts in this series: