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Be Their Hero-Help Prevent Child Abuse

THE STAGGERING PROBLEM Approximately 55,000 allegations of child abuse and neglect are reported each year in Minnesota.1 But the actual number is likely much higher; many cases of neglect and abuse go unreported, and cases can be difficult to confirm when victims are children who may have trouble verbalizing their abuse.3 According the Minnesota Department of Human Services, in 2014, nearly “70 percent of children in out-of- home-placement entered foster care (due to) abuse, neglect, inadequate housing, termination of parents’ rights, parental death, illness, disability, abandonment, incarceration, substance abuse, temporary absence, or inability to cope.”4 Childhood abuse and neglect can have long-lasting and multi-generational mental health effects that impact our families, communities, and state. Left untreated, mental illness can result in significant problems at home, at school, involvement with the juvenile justice system, and even suicide.5 Newborns to three-year-olds are at greatest risk of child abuse, and often have the highest victimization rates.8 In fact, child abuse and neglect is one of the leading reasons for a child — 2 — Child abuse and neglect is more than just bruises and broken bones.6 A number of behaviors can be involved,7 and many children are affect-ed in more than one way: • PHYSICAL ABUSE—any type of injury to a child’s person, including everything from minor bruises to shaking, kicking, hitting, burning, or inflicting other harm. • NEGLECT—not meeting a child’s basic needs, including food, shelter, medical care, education, or endangering a child’s welfare by allowing them to use drugs or alcohol. • SEXUAL ABUSE— fondling, penetration, solicitation, or exploitation of a child. • EMOTIONAL ABUSE— harm to a child’s self-worth through criticism, rejection, threats, or withholding love and affection. • ABANDONMENT—leaving a child alone without care or provision. • SUBSTANCE ABUSE— using or exposing a child to drugs or other illegal substances. to enter foster care. KINDRED FAMILY FOCUS YOUTH AND FAMILY A FAMILY MEMBER


Be Their Hero-Help Prevent Child Abuse
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