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Our first instinct when we learn child abuse has occurred should be to contact law enforcement. That is the proper response to a horrifying situation. Child abuse is a scourge on society. It is much more prevalent than many people would guess. Many people would be surprised if not shocked to see the statistics regarding the number of child abuse cases that are reported in the United States every year. Many would also be surprised to see an estimate of how many child abuse cases are likely never reported. Unfortunately, for various evidentiary reasons, there are occasions when police cannot move forward with certain child abuse cases that are reported. It’s common for people who find themselves or their children in this position to lose hope when told by law enforcement that the criminal case cannot proceed. However, the children abuse lawyers at The Gomez Law Firm are here to tell you that you should not give up hope. You still have ways to protect the rights of that child and obtain justice from the abuser.
We bring this to the public’s attention because we want to do as much as we can to raise awareness regarding child abuse. This awareness may help in certain cases to bring those who commit these despicable acts to justice. Ark of Hope for Children is a group that works tirelessly to help deal with the problem that is child abuse in the United States. They publish statistics regarding how common this problem is across the country. Below are a few of those statistics:
These are clearly troubling statistics, but they become even more troubling when one views the statistics relating to what tends to happen to abused children when these situations are not reported. These unfortunate children are:
It should be clear to anyone that child abuse is not only something that inflicts immediate physical, emotional and psychological harm on the victims, but the wounds from this trauma can affect a person for the rest of his or her life. A full breakdown of these statistics from the Ark of Hope for Children is available here.
If you suspect that a child you know is being abused and you’re unsure of how to handle it, you have options. One such option, after contacting law enforcement immediately, is to seek the advice of children’s rights lawyers who can stand up and fight for the rights of a child that has been mistreated. If you find yourself in this difficult situation, contact The Gomez Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.Posted in: Children's Rights
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