April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  In honor of the children who were served by the Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris in 2016, the center will be holding their 5th Annual Hope Floats Balloon Release on Friday, April 28th at 10:30 a.m. at Bywaters Park in Paris, TX.

AbuseUnderstanding Abuse:

Physical Abuse
Physical injury that results in substantial harm to the child, or the genuine threat of substantial harm from physical injury to the child, including an injury that is at variance with the history or explanation given and excluding an accident or reasonable discipline by a parent or guardian that does not expose the child to a substantial risk of harm. Physical abuse also includes failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent an action by another person that results in physical injury that results in substantial harm to the child. Definition taken from Texas State Family Code, Section 261.001.

Neglect
The leaving of a child in a situation where the child would be exposed to a substantial risk of physical or mental harm, without arranging for necessary care for the child, and the demonstration of an intent not to return by a parent or guardian of the child. Definition taken from Texas State Family Code, Section 261.001.

Emotional Abuse
Inflicting mental or emotional injury to a child, and/or causing or permitting the child to be in a situation in which the child sustains a mental or emotional injury that results in an observable and material impairment in the child’s growth, development, or psychological functioning. Definition taken from Texas State Family Code, Section 261.001.

Sexual Abuse
Sexual conduct harmful to a child’s mental, emotional, or physical welfare, including conduct that constitutes the offense of indecency with a child, sexual assault, or aggravated sexual assault; failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent sexual conduct harmful to a child; compelling or encouraging the child to engage in sexual conduct; and causing, permitting, encouraging, engaging in, or allowing the photographing, filming or depicting of the child if the person knew or should have known that the resulting photograph, film, or depiction of the child is obscene or pornographic. Definition taken from Texas State Family Code, Section 261.001.

 

 

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National Statistics:

  • There were 58,644 confirmed victims of child abuse or neglect.
  • Almost every 9 minutes a child became a victim of abuse or neglect.
  • 60% of child abuse or neglect victims were 6 years old or younger.
  • 19,079 children were removed from a home due to abuse or neglect. That’s 52 children entering the foster care system each day.
  • A total of 48,795 children were in the child protection system.

To report child abuse contact the CPS Hotline at 1-800-252-5400 or call your local law enforcement.

 

 

Sources:  CASA, Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris, Child Protective Services

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