Educating Our Community
“Out of sight, out of mind” is an unfortunate reality in our busy lives. The things that most command our attention are typically right in front of our eyes. Child abuse and neglect, however, may often be hidden behind closed doors, yet are most deserving of our attention if we hope to be part of strong, healthy communities. Becoming familiar with the issues—and taking steps to help—are things each one of us can do.
It is difficult to collect data on how many children and families are affected by child abuse and neglect. A national report to Congress in 2011 indicated that three times as many children are abused or neglected as are reported to Child Protective Services agencies in the U.S. (Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect).
Facts from the Oregon Department of Human Services:
64,305 reports of child abuse and neglect in 2013
and nearly half of those victims were younger than 6 years old
27,644, were referred for investigation
6,900 were confirmed abuse or neglect
or about 11 percent of all reports
The confirmed reports involved 10,630 victims.
That works out to 1 in every 100, of the approximately 856,750 children living in Oregon as of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 estimate.
What can we do to help raise awareness?
Become Educated, be vigilant
Establish a neighborhood watch
Get to know your neighbors, report suspicious activity/vehicles/people
Support organizations that help children and families
“When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments — tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.”Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist