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. According to the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services 2015 Data Book, Cameron County had:
The State of Texas had a total of 171 child abuse and neglect related fatalities.
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