Whether or not a child is beaten they suffer from the abuse they see and hear in their home. When a child witnesses the abuse of a parent, or a sibling, the damage can be life-long. Children learn from what they experience, and if they see abusive behaviors on a repetitive basis, they learn to use abusive behaviors to cope with life, perpetuating the cycle of abuse as they grow. Your job is to make it stop!

According to 2003 statistics, 4 children die each day as the result of abuse or neglect; the majority of them are under age 4. Over 3 million cases of abuse or neglect are reported each year. Actual instances of abuse are probably much higher, as many cases go unreported.

Children who have been abused are twice as likely to become addicted to drugs or alcohol, and as many as 1/3 of abused or neglected children will grow up to abuse or neglect their own kids.


If you suspect that a child is being abused, REPORT IT! Child abuse reports can be made anonymously; the accused does not have access to the name of the accuser, if it is given, and you could be saving the life of a child!

What is child abuse?
Click for a definition.

The Facts:

Children are most often sexually abused by someone they know, not strangers. They [molesters] most often establish a position of trust, or exploit an existing position of trust with the child.

The leading cause of death for children age 4 and under is child abuse or neglect.

Child molesters usually begin their behaviors as teens; as early as age 12.

Abusers come from all walks of life, economic backgrounds, social classes, vocations, races, creeds, ages, etc.

Warning Signs:
Aggressive or anti-social behavior
Depression or withdrawal from others
Poor school performance or excessive absenteeism
Change in appetite
Knowledge of a sexual nature, inappropriate for age
Fear or avoidance of certain adults
Lack of supervision
Poor hygiene, clothing not appropriate for the weather
Bruises, burns, welts, unexplained broken bones, or excessive 'accidents'

POEM: She Was Only 13
Her dad was a drunk
Her mom was an addict
Her parents kept her
Locked in an attic
Her only friend
was a little toy bear
It was old and worn out
And had patches of hair
She always talked to it
When no one's around
She lays there and hugs it
Not a peep of sound
Until her parents
unlock the door
Some more and more pain
She'll have to endure
A bruise on her leg
A scar on her face
Why would she be
In such a horrible place?
But she grabs her bear
And softly crys
She loves her parents
But they want her to die
She sits in the corner
Quiet but thinking,
"Please God, why is
My life always sinking?"
Such a bad life
For a sad little kid
She'd get beaten and beaten
For anything she did
Then one night
Her mom came home high
And the poor child was beaten
As hours went by
Then her mom suddenly
Grabbed for a blade
It was sharp and pointy
One that she made
She thrusted the blade
Right in her chest,
"You deserve to die
You worthless piece of CRAP!
The mom walked out
Leaving the girl slowly dying
She grabbed her bear
And again started crying
Police showed up
At the small little house
Then quickly barged in
Everything quiet as a mouse
One officer slowly
Opened a door
To find the little girl
Lying dead on the floor
It must have been bad
To go through so much harm
But at least she died
With her best friend in her arms

George B.
A child dies every day from child abuse

National Child Abuse Hotline:
1-800-4-A-CHILDŽ (1-800-422-4453)
Learn more about child abuse and what you can do to help.

Voices for Children
Voices For Children provides services and advocacy for abused and neglected children.
Prevention through education and awareness.
Mental Health Resources

The Broken Spirits Network
Help for present and past victims of child abuse.

Lawyers for Children America

Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute

RESOURCES at THE ZERO : The Official Website of Andrew Vachss

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My Journey
A Lifetime of Verse
by Trina L.C. Sonnenberg

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