The Scope of Child Abuse

 

-More than 740,000 children and youth are treated in hospital emergency departments as a result of violence each year—that’s more than 84 every hour.

-More than 3 million reports of child maltreatment are received by state and local agencies each year—that’s nearly 6 reports every minute.

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Old Enough to Fight?

It is estimated that there are 300,000 child soldiers worldwide today.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-february-14-2007/ishmael-beah

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War, What is it Good For?

Since WWII:

110 million people died in conflict-related deaths of which 60% of people are not engaged and 40 million died in conflict-related famines 

Since WWII, there have been 190 conflicts

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Children Not Safe From Violence

Worldwide an estimated 250,000 homicides occur among youth 10–29 years of age each year. This is 41% of the total number of homicides globally each year.
 

How Young is Too Young?

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Marriage is supposed to be a happy time for a woman in her life, but for some women around the world it is the equivalent of a death sentence. Worse is if this “death sentence” happens at the age many of us were still playing with Barbie’s. 

Child Marriage puts a woman/girl at risk for forced sexual encounters that they are not physically or emotionally ready for, abusive physical/mental actions by a husband who is usually much older, and an inability to continue their education which could help these women be independent in the future.

Some examples:
In parts of Nigeria girls marry at age 11.
In parts of Nepal girls marry before age 10. 
In parts of Ethiopia girls marry at 7 or 8.

FGM

Female genital mutilation or circumcision offers no benefits to women or girls but instead is an extremely harmful practice that could easily destroy a women’s life and can result in infertility. Despite these risks, 140 million women and girls (even girls as young as 10) undergo this inhumane procedure every year. This is a horrid form of sexual violence that continues because of tradition and beliefs that need to change to protect women and children.
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Statistics Don’t Lie

32,000 babies are born in the U.S. every year as a result of rape