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Why child abuse is so acute in the US

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Why is the problem of violence against children so much more acute in the US than anywhere else in the industrialised world, asks Michael Petit, President of Every Child Matters.

Over the past 10 years, more than 20,000 American children are believed to have been killed in their own homes by family members. That is nearly four times the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The child maltreatment death rate in the US is triple Canada’s and 11 times that of Italy. Millions of children are reported as abused and neglected every year. Why is that?

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Part of the answer is that teen pregnancy, high-school dropout, violent crime, imprisonment, and poverty – factors associated with abuse and neglect – are generally much higher in the US.

Further, other rich nations have social policies that provide child care, universal health insurance, pre-school, parental leave and visiting nurses…

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Facts about Child Abuse

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Facts about Child Abuse

  • 84 percent of prison inmates were abused as children.
  • One in three girls and one in five boys are sexually abused by an adult at some time during childhood. (Most sexual abusers are someone in the family or someone the child knows, not the proverbial stranger with a lollipop.)
  • Families with four or more children have higher rates of abuse and neglect, especially if their living conditions are crowded or they live in isolated areas.
  • More than 80 percent of abusers are a parent or someone close to a child. Child abuse is far more likely to occur in the child’s home than in a day care center.
  • One in thirteen kids with a parent on drugs is physically abused regularly. (Drug and alcohol abuse in the family makes child abuse about twice as likely.)
  • One out of ten babies born today is born to mothers…

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Police: Woman Forces Niece To Kneel On Cheese Grater For Hours As Punishment

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BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A local woman was arrested after she reportedly punished her niece for missing school by forcing her to kneel on a metal cheese grater for hours at a time.

The 17-year-old niece of Yolanda Jean-Baptiste, 36, first told Boynton Beach police of the unorthodox punishment on Tuesday, the Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting.

According to the high school student, the trouble began when a letter was sent home to her aunt after she had missed 10 classes over the course of the semester.

After reading of her niece’s truancy, Jean-Baptiste reportedly forced her to kneel on a metal cheese grater for six hours on Saturday. She made the child do so again for an additional three hours on Monday. Jean-Baptiste also threatened to poke the child’s eyes out if she told police, and made use of a belt while punishing her as well.

Local authorities told the paper that they…

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NFL Star Michael Boley Quietly Arrested For Child Abuse

New York Giants former starting lineback, Michael Boley arrested for child abuse.

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Michael Boley Giants PhotoNFL player Michael Boley has a great lawyer and publicity team. I say that because Boley was arrested for child abuse back in February and the information is just coming out now.

Michael Boley is a former starting linebacker for the New York Giants. Alabama authorities have had him under investigation since 2011 for allegations of abusing his son who was five at the time of the initial complaint. Although the complete details of the arrest haven’t been released, we can tell you the abuse charges stem from something physical and not sexual.

Boley’s case was to go before a judge back in February, but quickly took a plea deal. Officials of the Etowah County Court in Alabama explained the terms of the agreement. Boley plead guilty to child abuse and in turn he must into a pre-trial diversion program and once it is completed, the charges will be dropped.

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It’s Time We Stop Hiding Child Abuse

It's Time We Stop Hiding Child Abuse

As this month is coming to an end, so is Child Abuse Awareness Month. However, that does not mean that we should stop awareness on this issue. Please spread the word. If you know of someone who is being abused, seek help immediately! It’s time we stop hiding child abuse.

Duncan father accused of slamming baby on changing table

So sad for the baby, and the family… Glad the baby is still alive!

DUNCAN, Okla. – A heart-breaking child abuse case is under investigation in Duncan.

Ricky Lee Torrez is behind bars on felony child abuse charges.

He allegedly admitted to slamming his 3-month-old baby so hard on the changing table, the child suffered severe injuries.

Prosecutors said the mother of the infant noticed he wasn’t acting right after she left him with Torrez, the baby’s father.

Court records show Torrez admitted getting frustrated with a 2-year-old child also in his care and in anger he slammed the baby on the changing table.

The baby suffered a skull fracture, stroke and other injuries but is still alive.

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Personal Thoughts


Man, child abuse can be such a harsh and heart breaking topic to cover.  This is my mother, 4 of her siblings, and her parents. I’ve heard all kids of stories growing up.  My mother, 3 of her full brothers, and her younger sister were all abused by their drunken father.  My mom said he was also a child pornographer.  He didn’t take the pictures, how ever, he did look at them, had people send them to him, etc.  I only met him once.. On my mom’s 30th birthday. I don’t really remember it.  I just remember him picking me up and holding me.  Being only 5 or so at the time, I had no idea what he had done to the family.  My grandma (my mom’s mother) is 100% Mexican.  She lived in Leon, Guanjuato, Mexico, married, and had 4 kids there.  Her husband got hit by a drunk driver and died.. She ended up leaving her 4 kids (my moms 3 older half brothers and half sister) in Mexico to stay with their grandma, as she left to the United States to try and earn some money for her family. She ended up meeting Bill, my mom’s father, and got pregnant.  She returned back to Mexico, and had her 5th child, a boy, named William.  She soon returned back to the U.S., got married to Bill, got pregnant again, with my mom, then had 3 more children.  When my grandma came to the U.S. she didn’t speak much English, she didn’t know the U.S. laws, etc.  So as Bill threatened her, after he abused them, she was scared to ever call the cops, or file in a report.  She didn’t know the laws, she thought she would lose all of her children.. My uncle went on his dad’s computer one night, and discovered some horrific pictures.. He saw multiple children naked.  He then realized who his father truly was.  The youngest child he saw was a drugged 5 year old girl.  Her eyes were rolled back.  He immediately confronted his dad, and told him that he should go to rehab or he will never ever talk to him again.  Bill however, denied everything.  So my uncle, never talked to him again.  Not till we all flew down to Oklahoma, in July 2011, to say good bye to him, when he was on his death bed.  They all forgave him, only to start a new chapter in their lives. My mother got custody of her younger sister when my mom was 18 and my aunt was 16.  They moved to Minnesota, and my mom moved in with her boyfriend at the time (my father) who was living with his parents, 20 yrs old and just got out of the army with my moms older brother William. My grandma also left, to stay with William. When Bill was at work one day, he came home, and his wife was gone, not a note left, nothing. However, poor Jimmy, the youngest child was left alone, with his dad as everyone moved out.  Bill haunted Jimmy.  Jimmy is still mentally unstable from his fathers behavior.  Bill would call Jimmy’s girlfriends, and try to flirt with them.  He also beat Jimmy, and scared the living hell out of him.  He was 11 years younger than William… Jimmy never talked to Bill again after he turned 18.  He never went to his funeral either.  My uncle, James, messaged everyone of us in the family that he doesn’t want anything to do with the family because no one was there for him.  It broke my heart, because I know if I would have been around, or was his sister, instead of his niece, I would’ve helped him… He has recently gotten re-married, and I’ve talked to his wife who is pregnant, on Facebook.. I finally have convinced her to get Jimmy and their kids to come to my older sisters graduation party, thus being a reuniting event for the family, because no one in the family has seen him for about 15 years..  I’m so thankful for her, she probably doesn’t realize how close she is bringing the family together..  I want my uncle to know that his sibling has started a new chapter after their fathers lives, as he was not there for his funeral, so I want him to know that we will be there for him, from now on.  We are like a support system for each other.  My aunt now has M.S. and has hallucinated and was even put in an insane asylum after her fathers death.  She still happens to be my inspiration till this day however. As you can see, Child Abuse is no joke.  It impacts EVERYONE.  Please take action now, and help end the violent abuse not just among children, but around everyone.