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Child Abuse and Neglect Facts

One cannot help but notice that child abuse is still a problem. Unfortunately, we have not yet begun seriously working on the problem.  The below attempts to have us believe that gender is the problem.  It is not.  Women end up with custody of children in the vast majority of cases of divorce and illegitimacy. It only follows that most child abuse will happen there at the hands of women. The primary factor involved in child abuse is actually drug and alcohol dependency, cited below at about 80% of substantiated child abuse cases. This is without doubt the most striking statistic in the whole body of statistics regarding child abuse. Unsurprisingly, Domestic violence is the same.  

According to the U.S. Department of Justice report "Alcohol and Crime" [1998], 86% of serious spousal violence involves a spouse who has been drinking or drugging. And the vast majority of this also takes place in cases of divorce or illegitimacy. The above relationships are simply to powerful to excuse away any longer.  Gender warriors whose knee-jerk reaction is to blame men for child abuse, are like car mechanics who want to replace the carburetor, when you bring in a car running rough because a tire is out of balance.  Replacing the carburetor runs up a big bill, but the car will run just as rough, until you balance the tire. 

We must STOP the gender blame game in child abuse and neglect. Handle drinking and family, as you would drinking and driving, and go after the spouse causing family violence and/or child abuse. Get that spouse into treatment! We can also easily substantially reduce the overload on foster care homes by giving fathers a truly open-hand custodial chance to be fathers.  Regardless of what anyone might think, the father is the last person on earth DHHS usually looks at, often in direct in violation of federal statutes regarding the rights of parents.  

I have seen hundreds of cases involving fathers who were literally hustled right out of family court by the nest of entitled bureaucrats who simply don't like "fathers" intruding on their little entitlement system. We must FIRST consider the natural father as the appropriate parent in these cases -- as every study on the subject demonstrates that natural fathers are actually the LOWEST risk group for child abuse and neglect (including child sexual abuse). 

Women's advocates need to wake up quickly and start helping families instead of blaming everything on men.  In doing so, they set legal precedents that open women up to the very same systemic blame game regarding child abuse. What happens to these children is our responsibility.  We can start by doing something about the awful family court disaster that normally pretends that fathers simply don't exist. JH ---------------------------------------- Source: Can You Believe . . . ? 

Child Abuse and Neglect Facts The facts about child abuse are startling and sobering. 

Following is a summary of recent findings on child abuse and neglect reported by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

 * Child protective service agencies received 2,806,000 referrals for investigation of possible abuse or neglect in 1998.        

* Of that number, about one-third were "screened out" and the remaining two-thirds were further investigated.       

 * More than one-half of all of the referrals came from professionals,  and just under one-half came from family and community members.       

 * About 29 percent of the investigated cases resulted in a finding   of child maltreatment, but more than half resulted in a finding that   maltreatment was not substantiated. 

* The 1998 rate of victimization of children was 12.9 per 1,000 children, down from 13.9 per 1,000 in 1997.       

* The highest rate of victimization was in the zero-to-three-year- old age group, and the rates declined as the children got older.       

* The victimization rate means that in 1998 there were about   903,000 substantiated victims of child abuse or neglect in the United States.       

* More than 50 percent of these victims suffered neglect, about 24 percent suffered physical abuse, and about 12 percent were  sexually abused. 

* Over 60 percent of the perpetrators of abuse or neglect were female, and less than 40 percent were males. 

* More than 87 percent of the victims were mistreated by one or both parents. 

* In cases of sexual abuse, almost 56 percent of the children were victimized by males, and 44 percent by females. 

* About 620,000 child victims received post-investigative support services in the United States in 1998. This number includes children who were the subject of both substantiated and unsubstantiated reports. 

* About 144,000 victims of abuse were placed in foster care in 1998. 

* About 547,000 children were in foster care in 1999, which indicates a 35 percent increase since 1990.       

* About 117,000 of those children were waiting for permanent   adoptive families. 

* Parents who abuse drugs or alcohol are more likely to engage in abusive behavior. It has been estimated that as many as 80 percent of the families who become child protective services cases have problems with drugs or alcohol. 

* In 1998, 88 percent of reporting states named substance abuse as one of the top two challenges faced by families reported to protective services, with poverty being the other. 


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