The Child Cases: Guilty Until Proved Innocent-- Nearly two dozen cases in the US and CA in which people have been accused of killing children based on flawed or biased work by forensic pathologists, and then later cleared. .Many morgues are staffed by doctors who aren't board-certified in forensic pathology. To become certified, doctors need an extra year of training and must pass a test. --A.C. Thompson, Joseph Shapiro, Sandra Bartlett and Chisun Lee
Shaken Baby Alliance is for the prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome and justice for the victims.
Shaken baby syndrome occurs in as little as 5 seconds of shaking. Shaking usually takes place when the infant is crying and the frustrated caregiver loses control. The violent shaking may result in severe injuries to the infant including permanent brain damage or death.Shaken-Baby Syndrome Faces New Questions in Court--Deborah Tuerkheimer, a former prosecutor and a law professor at DePaul, wrote a New York Times Op-Ed warning of wrongful convictions and calling on the National Academy of Sciences to referee the shaken-baby-syndrome dispute.
Statistics, Issues, Resources and Research
Child Abuse: Statistics, Research, and Resources-- Studies show 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 8 boys are sexually abused before they are 18 years old. One in 20 children are physically abused each year. Sexual abuse includes inappropriate touching of a child's breasts or genitalia and exposing their genitalia to a child. Physical abuse injures a child's body by burning, beating, and breaking bones. A bruise indicates that body tissue has been damaged and blood vessels have broken, any discipline method that leaves bruises is not appropriate.
7,000 to 8,000 babysitter offenses a year the majority are sex crimes.American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Preventing child maltreatment: a guide to taking action and generating evidence -- This guide combines the expertise of organizations and provides the necessary tools and information to governments, civil society and international organizations in their efforts to prevent and respond to violence against children. World Health Organization and International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.Research shows that child abuse can be prevented. Cruelty to children is the willful infliction of pain and suffering through physical, sexual, or emotional mistreatment including incest and other sexual molestation or rape, prostitution or pornography, verbal abuse; failure to furnish proper shelter, nourishment, medical treatment, or emotional support.
How can violence against children be prevented? -- It is estimated hundreds of thousands of children are physically abused each year by a parent or close relative. Thousands die as a result of the abuse. For those who survive, the emotional trauma remains long after the external bruises have healed. Early recognition and treatment is important to minimize the long term effect of physical abuse. Whenever a child says he or she has been abused, it must be taken seriously and immediately evaluated. World Health Organization
Child abuse and neglect are epidemics. An estimated 40 million children could be victims of child abuse every year around the world. Child abuse and neglect together inflict destruction during abuse, and years later with an increased risk for becoming perpetrators and victims of interpersonal and self-directed violence. World Health Organization
Prevention of child maltreatment. World Health Organization
Mindfulness: An Inner Resource for Healing from Child Abuse -- The benefits of cultivating mindfulness; new and healing ways of thinking about and experiencing your own mental and emotional processes.
Kids For Sale: Young, On The Street -- Between 200,000 and 400,000 children nationwide are selling sex. 48 Hours
Lives cut short: -- Crimes against defenseless children too often are going unpunished. Deseret Morning News
Memories of Childhood Abuse -- Questions and answers about reported memories of childhood abuse will help you understand how repressed, recovered, or suggested memories may occur and what you can do if you or a family member is concerned about a childhood memory. American Psychological Association
International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect is the only multidisciplinary international organization of professionals working toward the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children promotes research on violence against women and children.
Protecting Children in Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings -- All states have statutory provisions outlining programs of protective services for children who are abused and neglected. These are shaped by federal initiatives: Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974 and Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980. University of Wisconsin-Madison
A Multi-Family Approach: Families and Schools Together (FAST) -- Builds protective factors In potentially neglectful families.
Research helps identify signs of child abuse -- Researchers report that infants who come into the Emergency Department with a serious head injury and no trauma to explain the injury are likely to be victims of child abuse.
International Family Law: A Selective Resource Guide includes major international agreements pertaining to the status of children. In recent years, the United Nations and the Hague Conference on Private International Law has harmonized some aspects of family law across national regimes to avoid the consequences of conflicts of law in this area.
Megan's Law in All 50 States -- May 17, 1996, President Clinton signed Megan's Law . Megan's Law goals include Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification programs.
Prevent Child Abuse America is involved in prevention of abuse and neglect of children.
Child Welfare League of America assists over 3.5 million abused and neglected families annually.
Misconception of Child Abuse and Discipline There is a misunderstanding in the way Westerners and Asians define and understand child abuse. In Eastern languages, have no phrase as "child abuse."
The Last Hope: Inside Foster Care -- The number of children in the foster care system has doubled in the last decade. Meet people doing their best to help them at the residential treatment center Children's Village in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
SexCriminals.com has news stories related to sex offenders, crimes, abuse, and legislation.
Child Witness Cases How credible are child witnesses?
A Guide for Including Information on Child Abuse and Neglect in Graduate and Professional Education and Training American Psychological Association
Parents are often the last to know when their children are exposed to harm. Overburdened licensors usually don't intervene until after a child has been put at risk, and the worst centers are allowed to stay in business - getting chance after chance to make amends.
Children in a state of neglect -- Parents and caregivers have fatally abused and neglected dozens of children who are supposed to be protected by the state. In many cases, children perished in homes child-protective workers knew were unsafe. The state does not know how many children have died because of its failure to track or review the deaths.
Caring for mentally and physically abused children can be a challenge, and in the Netherlands, people in De Glind believe it takes a village to meet the needs of victimized children.
American Academy of Pediatrics -an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to optimal physical, mental, social health and well-being to infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
Frequently Asked Questions about Child Abuse and Neglect Administration for Children and Families
Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect Child Welfare Information Gateway
The Decline in Child Sexual Abuse Cases Child protective services agencies report that the increases in child sexual abuse of the 1980’s were followed by substantial declines in 1992 to 1998 substantiated cases of child sexual abuse decreased by nearly a third.
2006 Child Abuse Prevention Safe Children and Healthy Families Are a Shared Responsibility is available at no cost. Additional posters are also available at no cost. Child Welfare Information Gateway 2006 - 116 pages View Publication | Printable Version | (2006). Children's Bureau. Office on Child Abuse and Neglect
National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) or the Supplementary Homicide Reports, a part of the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
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By the Numbers
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The statistics shown on this site illustrates trends. Childstate.gov gives snapshot of America's youth overall.
Each State defines child abuse and neglect based on Federal legislature's set of behaviors defining child abuse and neglect. The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), (42 U.S.C.A. §5106g), amended by the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003, defines child abuse and neglect.
Child protective services (CPS) agencies are responsible for protecting children alleged maltreated to ensure safety. National estimates for FFY 2005 based on 50 States, DC, and Puerto Rico. Acts or failure to act as a parent or caretaker resulting in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, exploitation; or failure to act presenting an imminent risk of serious harm.