Child abuse facts and resources
The Children's Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services reported these alarming 2011 national statistics:
- On average in America, every day about four children died of abuse and neglect, but the actual number is likely higher, due in part to underreporting.
- More than 78 percent of these deaths were caused by a parent.
- Almost 10 percent of the reported victims were sexually abused, and more than half of those were under the age of 12.
In 2011, Olmsted County received more than 1,440 day-intake phone calls in child and family services. More than 620 reports were screened for concerns of abuse and neglect, and more than 475 assessments or investigations were completed.
Report child abuse — It's the law
If you have reasons to believe a child may be a victim of physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, you are required by law to report it immediately to the local child protective service office or law enforcement.