CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - April is "Child Abuse Prevention Month." The doctors and experts in the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children's are working to educate the public about the symptoms of child abuse and how it can be avoided.
Recently in Greater Cincinnati there has been a trend of non-parental care givers being at fault for inflicting abuse on children.
Statistics on Abuse Victims and Offenders
- The majority of perpetrators of child abuse and neglect are parents, responsible for 78% of national abuse allegations
- Nearly a quarter (22%) of the perpetrators nationally are non-parental offenders including child/day care providers, foster parents, friends or neighbors, legal guardians, other professionals, relatives, group home or residential facility staff, and unmarried partners of parents.
- In KY, 18% of child abuse cases are due to non-parental offenders in Ohio, nearly a third of all allegations (32%) are from non-parental offenders.
- Specifically, these percentages mean that in 2014, 2,019 children were abused or neglected by child or daycare providers nationwide. Additionally, 2,285 children were abused or neglected by friends or neighbors and 870 by other professionals, such as sports coaches or leaders of recreational activities. These rates are devastating considering children of various ages spend, on average, about 6-8 hours in the care of someone other than a biological parent.
Warning Signs of Child Abuse in Children Signs of Physical Abuse
- Bruising, welts or burns that cannot be sufficiently explained; particularly bruises on the face, lips, and mouth of infants or on several surface planes at the same time;
- Withdrawn, fearful or extreme behavior; Clusters of bruises, welts or burns, indicating repeated contact with a hand or instrument;
- Burns that are insufficiently explained; for example, cigarette burns; and
- Injuries on children where children don't usually get injured (e.g., the torso, back neck buttocks, or thighs).
Signs of Sexual Abuse
- Difficulty walking or sitting;
- Pain or itching in the genital area;
- Torn, stained or bloody underclothing;
- Frequent complaints of stomachaches or headaches;
- Venereal disease;
- Bruises or bleeding in external genitalia;
- Feeling threatened by physical contact;
- Inappropriate sex play or premature understanding of sex; and
- Frequent urinary or yeast infections.
Signs of Emotional Injury
- Speech disorders;
- Inability to play as most children do;
- Sleeping problems;
- Anti-social behavior or behavioral extremes; and
- Delays in emotional and intellectual growth.
Signs of Neglect
- Lack of medical or dental care;
- Chronically dirty or unbathed;
- Lack of adequate school attendance;
- Lack of supervision; for example young children left unattended or with other children too young to protect or care for them;
- Lack of proper nutrition;
- Lack of adequate shelter;
- Self-destructive feelings or behavior; and
- Alcohol or drug abuse.
For more information check out. CincinnatiChildrens.org