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#PROTECTKIDS

A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE VICTIMIZATION OF CHILDREN WITHIN THE U.S.

By informing the public of the statistical effects of ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES, we connect the societal implications and long-term effects of child maltreatment.  Then we provide practical ways for individuals and groups to mobilize in three different ways: 

Share the CauseServe the Community, & Support the Mission

"Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.

Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation."

~Nelson Mandela

RAISING AWARENESS OF CHILD MALTREATMENT SO WE CAN

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8,000,000 REPORTS

8,000,000 REPORTS

678,000 VICTIMS

678,000 VICTIMS

78% STAY

78% STAY

1,800 CHILDREN DIE

1,800 CHILDREN DIE

80% AGE 4 & UNDER

80% AGE 4 & UNDER

HOW?

HOW?

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When we look at the STATISTICAL CONNECTIONS of child maltreatment with top community issues like substance abuse, crime, human trafficking, violence, and mental health, we see the big picture problem. This perspective allows us to view the systemic social issues and understand the long-term implications that stem from the familial cycles of abuse & neglect that perpetuate the dysfunction and destruction.

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

2/3 OF ALL ADDICTS EXPERIENCED CHILDHOOD ABUSE AND/OR NEGLECT. CHILDREN WHO ARE RAISED WITH PARENTS WHO HAVE SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEMS, ARE X3 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE ABUSED AND MORE THAN X4 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE NEGLECTED THAN OTHER CHILDREN. 78% PERCENT OF NEW CHILD MALTREATMENT CASES ARE DUE TO NEGLECT, WHICH MOST OFTEN IS A RESULT OF PARENTAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE.

SEXUAL ABUSE

SEXUAL ABUSE

1 IN 3 GIRLS AND 1 IN 5 BOYS ARE OFFICIALLY REPORTED AS VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE BEFORE 18, AND 20% BEFORE THE AGE OF 8. OVER 60% OF SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS HAVE NEVER TOLD ANYONE. A HOME WITH A HISTORY OF CHILDHOOD NEGLECT OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE, MAKE CHILDREN X10 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE OVER THEIR PIERS. 1 IN 3 TEENS ON THE STREET WILL BE LURED INTO PROSTITUTION WITHIN 48 HOURS OF LEAVING HOME.

CRIME

CRIME

CHILD MALTREATMENT ROUGHLY DOUBLES THE PROBABILITY THAT AN INDIVIDUAL ENGAGES IN MANY TYPES OF CRIME. 68% OF THE INCARCERATED ADULT MALE FELONS REPORTED SOME FORM OF EARLY CHILDHOOD VICTIMIZATION BEFORE AGE 12, EITHER PHYSICAL ABUSE, SEXUAL ABUSE, OR NEGLECT. THE MOST COMMON REPORTED VICTIMIZATION WAS PHYSICAL ABUSE. YOUTH PLACED IN GROUP HOMES ARE 2.5X MORE LIKELY TO BE INCARCERATED THAN CHILDREN PLACE WITH FAMILIES. 90% OF FOSTER YOUTH WITH 5+ FOSTER HOMES WILL ENTER THE JUSTICE SYSTEM.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

14% OF THE REPORTED MISSING CHILDREN ARE LIKELY TRAFFICKED, 88% OF THEM ARE MISSING FROM FOSTER CARE, THEY ARE WITHOUT FAMILIES. 50% OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 18. THE YOUNGEST OF VICTIMS ARE INFANTS. 60% OF ALL HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS RESCUED IN THE US HAVE A HISTORY IN FOSTER CARE.

MENTAL HEALTH

MENTAL HEALTH

80% OF YOUNG ADULTS THAT REPORTED BEING ABUSED AS A CHILD, MEET THE CRITERIA FOR A LEAST ONE MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSIS. ABUSED CHILDREN ARE X2 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM PTSD THAN U.S. WAR VETERANS, WHICH IS EVIDENCED ON BRAIN SCANS. THE YOUNGER THE CHILD INCURED SEVERE MALTREATMENT, THE MORE DEVASTATING THE EFFECTS TO THEIR BRAIN AND THEIR EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT. EMOTIONAL ABUSE CAN BE A FORM OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA, CAUSING SIMILAR IMPACTS ON THE NERVOUS SYSTEM AS PHYSICAL ABUSE.

VIOLENCE

VIOLENCE

GIRLS WHO EXPERIENCED FIRST-HAND ABUSE OR LIVE IN A VIOLENT HOME ARE 200% MORE LIKELY TO BE VICTIMIZED AS ADULTS. AND BOYS ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO BE PERPETRATORS OF ABUSE AS AN ADULT. 1 OUT OF 3 ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN, ARE LIKELY TO ABUSE THEIR CHILDREN. CREATINING A FAMILIAL CYCLE THAT PERPETUATES THE PROBLEM. IN 91% OF CASES WITH VIOLENCE, PARENTS ARE THE PERPETRATOR. 5 CHILDREN IN THE US DIE EVERY DAY DUE TO THE MALTREATMENTS THEY ENDURE.

THE CYCLE OF ABUSE CONTINUES WHEN WE DON'T 

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UNDERSTANDING ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES PROVIDE A BIG PICTURE PERSPECTIVE

What are Adverse Childhood Experiences?


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is a study that measures the ten leading types of childhood trauma, 50% accessed from direct trauma endured and 50% accessed from trauma experienced as a result of domestic situations. In 1998, CDC-Kaiser Permanente published a groundbreaking study that investigated the impact of ACEs on physical and mental health problems. ACEs is a simple ten question test that provide insightful information to the level of trauma a child has experienced.




How is Adverse Childhood Trauma Measured?


Each type of trauma a child has experienced counts as one point in the ACEs testing. So a child who has been physically abused, with a drug addict parent who witnessed domestic violence and their parent's divorce has an ACEs score of four. The effects of adverse childhood experiences often cause children to act out and be marginalized. Statistically children with an ACEs score of 4 or above are thirty-two times more likely to have learning or behavior problems in school. 12.5% of all kids in the US have an ACEs score that is 4 or above. The effects of adverse childhood experiences carries well over into adulthood, with statistics showing us that adults with an ACEs score of 4 or above:

  • Dies an Average of 20 Years Sooner
  • 4.5X as likely to become depressed,
  • 7X more likely to develop alcoholism
  • 10X more likely for drug abuse
  • 12X more likely to commit suicide




Why is the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Testing Beneficial?


When caring for children who have been victimized to one degree or another, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) testing allows for caregivers and parents to understand measurably the challenges the child is facing. Research has found that a child with an ACEs score of four or above is four times more likely to become depressed, seven times more likely to develop substance abuse, and thirty-two times more likely to have learning or behavior problems in school. ACEs scores give us the ability to peer into the challenges children are experiencing as a result of trauma. This study also shows the connection between these adverse childhood experienced and our society's biggest problems. Taking the ACEs test as an adult is also beneficial. Sometimes those who are drawn to care or advocate for traumatized children have had an element of trauma in their childhoods. By taking the ACEs test, adults can better understand their trauma as they walk out their journey of healing and serve children in that same healing process. CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE ACES TEST HERE





FOSTERING INTERRUPTS THE CYCLE OF ABUSE SO THAT WE CAN

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Fostering is the FRONTLINE RESPONSE to children in our country who are suffering the horrors of abuse. We see their injustice on display within our national foster care system. Foster care is a governmental response that attempts to protect kids by DISRUPTING this damaging familial CYCLE so that the trajectory of a child's life can be changed. Because the system is fractured and faulty, children within foster care need loving families to care and advocate for them in passionate and purposeful ways. This requires thorough preparation and ongoing support. 

WHO IS SERVING KIDS ON THE FRONTLINES IN FOSTER CARE?

CHILD WELFARE PROFESSIONALS

CHILD WELFARE PROFESSIONALS

FAMILY COURT PERSONNEL

FAMILY COURT PERSONNEL

FOSTER & ADOPT FAMILIES

FOSTER & ADOPT FAMILIES

TOGETHER, WE ALL CAN

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678,000 REASONS TO HELP

678,000 children are verified as VICTIMS of abuse & neglect each year by Child Protective Services.  Over 78% of these children STAY in their abusive situations, primarily due to a lack of foster families.

To us, that's simply unacceptable. 

Many of our biggest SOCIETAL PROBLEMS stem from the familial cycle of child maltreatment. This IMPACT on our COMMUNITIES is substantial.

Together, we can protect kids through awareness, action, and advocacy.

The orphans and the oppressed will be terrified no longer, for You will bring them justice, and no one will trouble them. Psalms 10.18

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