- Every year, more children are needlessly suffering from child abuse.
This epidemic is hidden and not discussed often enough. “Every year 3.3
million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving 6
million children; that’s because reports can include multiple children”
(US Department of Health and Human Services). Children are terrified to
come forward for reasons varying from a fear of experiencing more pain
to not wanting to get the perpetrator in trouble.
- Hope is not lost, there are many avenues available to help children
and their families who have gone through or are getting away from
abusive situations. There are counseling and therapy options, and there
are steps taken by the legal system to ensure that individuals guilty of
this terrible crime pay for the error of their ways.
Counseling and Therapy
With any trauma to an adult or child the use of an outside professional
can both be a wise decision and a necessity. Counseling is usually a
short-term, highly focused approach taken to help the clients’ problem.
Therapy such as psychotherapy is more of a long-term, in-depth approach
to the client’s problems. Every case is individually assessed according
to issues associated with it and the trauma involved with the problems
or events at hand.
We read about child abuse at some point in our lives and wonder how
someone can hurt a person so young and naïve. Those two reasons are why
people can and do abuse children, it is easy.
• “Children younger than 1 year had the highest rate of
victimization at 20.6 per 1,000 children in the population of the same
age. Victims with the single-year age of 1, 2, or 3 years old had
victimization rates of 11.9, 11.4, and 11.0 victims per 1,000 children
of those respective ages in the population.