The Cost of Child Abuse and Neglect

Child abuse and neglect cost the nation 220 million dollars every day. The money goes towards investigations, foster care, medical treatment, and mental health treatment. After all of that, the money later goes to special education, juvenile and adult crime, chronic health problems, and other costs across the lifespan. In 2012, it was estimated that U.S. citizens would pay 80 billion dollars to address child abuse and neglect. Abusing and neglecting children affects everyone, even if they aren’t part of the family. The terrible costs of child abuse and neglect, it can be prevented.

There are different types of child abuse, child neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, childhood experiences, shaken baby syndrome, domestic violence, and trafficking and exploitation. A child could go through one of these or several them. The way they are raised can affect them in their adult life. Children years ago, were put into factories to work countless hours and in harm’s way but since they were small and could fit into tight places they were used to work. This still happens in places like China, they have big industries and need a lot of workers, so they target the young to come and work.

To have children work in factories at such a young age affects their education. Children as young as four years old worked in factories, that means that they never made it to school during the Industrial Revolution.

Approximately seven million U.S. children come to the attention of Child Protective Services each year. That means, 37% of American children are reported to Child Protective Services by their eighteenth birthday and African American children are reported at 54%.() The children of the United States are being targeted from the moment they are born till the day they passed away, they have a possibility to be neglected or abused in their lifetime. Although, for some children, the abuse never stops. The average age for girls going into prostitution is twelve to fourteen-year-olds and the average age for boys is eleven to thirteen-year-olds. ()

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