In the United States, thousands of children are at risk every day of abuse from family members, institutions like schools, and even government agencies. Child abuse can mean physical or mental harm to children, including physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or neglect. Within these categories lies a range of acts that constitute abuse, from slapping or hitting a child to ignoring medical needs and mocking or bullying children.
The lasting physical and emotional trauma child abuse victims experience lingers long into adulthood and in many cases is never fully resolved.
Some statistics underscore the seriousness of child abuse, both in Florida and the United States:
- Nearly 700,000 children in the United States are abused annually. Four out of five abusers are the child’s parents.
- In the United States, more than four children die from child abuse and neglect daily. Of those children, over 70 percent are under the age of three.
- In 2018, the Children’s Advocacy Centers in Florida served over 34,000 children who were victims of child abuse. Of those victims, 35 percent suffered from sexual abuse, 27 percent from physical abuse, and 17 percent from neglect.
- Roughly 80 percent of 21-year-olds abused as children meet the criteria for at least one psychological disorder, a point that illustrates the long-term damage child abuse victims suffer. Meanwhile, 30 percent of child abuse victims go on to abuse their own children.
Ted Babbitt, Florida child advocacy lawyer, treats the issue of child abuse with the utmost seriousness. He is on the board of directors of Florida’s Children First, an organization dedicated to the rights of children. Additionally, he haas handled numerous cases involving abuse of mentally handicapped children, sexual abuse, neglect, and other forms of physical and emotional violence.
Ted is passionate about fighting for the rights of children everywhere. Please reach out today to discuss your case.