Statistics tell us child abuse is, for the most part, a hidden crime with only 12% of the actual number of incidents actually being reported to authorities. Unthinkable, uncomfortable to talk about, embarrassing, cloaked in misdirected guilt, shame and manipulation. Child abuse knows no social or economic barriers and with close to 70,000 children in the Davis House four-county service area, we must all wake up to the reality that child abuse moves through virtually all corners of our community.
Left unchecked, child abuse leads to more abuse, delinquent behaviors, alcohol and drug use, suicide, emotional disorders and early pregnancy. Research also indicates that long term issues, including physical health and financial consequences, are associated with incidents of child abuse in adult survivors.
These are our children!
The GOOD NEWS is that since the inception of Davis House we have begun to pull back the curtain of child abuse, exposing perpetrators, bringing hope to victims, and restoring the lives of impacted children and families.
*525 new child clients and 406 non-offending caregivers received services from Davis House last fiscal year for a total of 931 new clients.
WARNING SIGNS OF POSSIBLE ABUSE
Educate yourself to the signs of child abuse & be able to talk about it with others. There are indicators of possible childhood abuse, but most importantly trust your instincts. If you suspect abuse, contact the authorities.
- Changes in Behavior – scared, anxious, depressed, withdrawn, aggressive, etc.
- Displaying Earlier Behaviors – thumb sucking, bed wetting, fear of dark, etc.
- Fear of Going Places – home, school, gym, etc.
- Unexplained Injuries – visible physical indicators with unconvincing explanations
- Dramatic Change In Eating – weight loss or gain
- Changes in Sleeping – tired, nightmares, inability to fall asleep
- Changes at School – dropping grades, excessive absences
- Neglect in Personal Care – dirty, unkept, wrong clothing for season
- High Risk Behavior – drug/alcohol use, carrying items for protection
- Sexual Behavior – explicit, graphic language, overly sexual
Learn more about recognizing the signs & symptoms of abuse, and know how to respond appropriately. Schedule a training today.
If a child shares with you possible abuse:
If a child is in immediate danger, call 911
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