WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE?
Child abuse is any mistreatment or neglect of a child that results in non-accidental harm or injury and which cannot be reasonably explained. Child abuse can include: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.
Every day, children across the country are subjected to abuse or neglect by the very people they rely upon for safety and security -- their parents or caregiveers. However, because no one wants to believe that good people can harm their own children, there are many incidents that go unreported. The incidence of maltreatment is higher than most people imagine. With a child population (age 0 - 17) of 139,814 in Cameron County, according to data from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, in 2013 there were:
The State of Texas had a total of 156 child abuse and neglect related fatalities
National statistics obtained from Prevent Child Abuse Texas indicate that
3 million children are reported to Child Protective Services in the U.S. every year.
Daily national statistics indicate that 4 children die from child abuse every day and
every 11 seconds a child is reported abused or neglected.
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