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April11 is wear blue to work day for child abuse awareness month

Wear blue and fight for a child
Wear blue and fight for a child

AKRON, Ohio – April 2012 – The Natioal Children's Alliance reports that approximantely five children die every day in America from abuse and neglect. In 2010, an estimated 1,560 children died.

The Children's Advocacy Center served over 266,000 victims of abuse in 2010. In 2011, that number was over 279,000.

The County of Summit, in 2010, reported 4,199 total number of child abuse, neglect, dependency and FINS (Families in Need of Services) investigations. There were 763 families receiving ongoing angency services a monthh. Seven-hundred-fifty children a month were recorded to be in custody/placement with 85 adoptions finalized for the entire year.


  • Approximately 695,000 children were victims of maltreatment (unique instances).
  • 47 states reported approximately 3.4 million children received preventative services from Child Protective Services agencies.
  • Children younger than one year had the highest rate of victimization of 20.6 per 1,000 children in the population of the same age.
  • Of the children who experienced maltreatment or abuse, over 78% experienced neglect; more than 17% were physically abused; just under 10% were sexually abused; approximately 8% were psychologically maltreated; just over 2% were medically neglected; and approximately 10% experienced other types of maltreatment.
  • Nearly 80% of reported child fatalities as a result of abuse and neglect were caused by one or more of the child victim’s parents.


Among the over 259,000 children served by Children’s Advocacy Centers around the country during 2011, some startling statistics include:

  • 106,522 children were ages 0 to 6 years
  • 99,624 children were ages 7 to 12 years
  • 69,372 children were ages 13 to 18 years
  • 187,862 children reported sexual abuse
  • 48,264 children reported physical abuse
  • 179,014 children participated in forensic interviewing at a Children’s Advocacy Center

Among the over 226,000 alleged offenders investigated for instances of child abuse from January through June 2011, some startling statistics include:

  • 146,981 were 18+ years old
  • 24,075 were ages 13 to 17 years
  • 17,250 were under age 13 years
  • 88,182 were a parent or step-parent of the victim
  • 47,096 were related to the child victim in another way
  • 71,877 were an unrelated person the victim knew

Let's wear blue to work on April 11 and spread the news of this epidemic. A child might be saved.

National statistics for this article came from National Childrens Alliance at,

Local statistics came from Summit County Children's Services 2010 yearly report.

If a child is being abused in the Akron/Medina area, please call the 24-hour hotline at 330-434-KIDS (5437).


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