An estimated 300 million children worldwide are subjected to violence, exploitation and abuse, including the worst forms of child labor in communities, schools and institutions. An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked each year into exploitative conditions, including working in mining, factories or agriculture, recruited as soldiers in armed conflict or forced into commercial sex work. Additionally those children who live in areas of extreme economic hardship and social disruption, including armed conflict, are at a greater risk for abuse and exploitation. With an estimated 40 million children under the age of 15 suffer from violence, abuse and neglect worldwide, we cannot afford to dedicate one month a year to ending child abuse, but must make it a daily fight.
Unfortunately countries across the globe continue to fall short, when it comes to the protection of their youngest citizens. Knowing the warning signs of abuse are one of our biggest keys to ensure that we keep our children safe from harm and prevent future abuse. Please see my previous articles and resources; Knowing the signs of abuse to protect our children, See the Signs, Report It, and Save a Child’s Life, and Signs and Symptoms of Abuse, to learn more on how you can protect and prevent children from abuse. Together we can increase our awareness and prevention programs, both within the U.S. and across the globe. Today is the first step in increasing awareness and reporting abuse, tomorrow is we must work strengthen the laws protecting children across the globe to ensure that all children are given a fighting chance.
For more information please see my previous articles on child abuse and resources Links for Abused Children and Parents, Books for Children and Parents of Victims of Abuse, and Crisis Hotlines