Child cruelty must stop worldwide.
According to the NSPCC, There are currently over 50,000 children identified as needing protection from abuse in the UK and over 62,000 children and young people talked to ChildLine about abuse last year. The NSPCC estimates that for every child identified as needing protection from abuse, another 8 are suffering abuse.
In the US 1 in 10 children suffer from child maltreatment. 1 in 16 children suffer from sexual abuse. Nearly 1 in 10 children are witnesses to family violence.
The youngest children are the most vulnerable to maltreatment. Over 25% of abused children are under the age of three while over 45% of abused children are under the age of five.
Number of children in the United States who died because of abuse or neglect in 2012: 1,593
Of the number of children who died because of abuse or neglect...
- 70.3% were younger than three years of age
- 44.4% were younger than one year of age
The Good Childhood Report 2015 identifies 38% of children from their survey had been physically bullied in the past month with more than 50% saying that they had experienced emotional bullying such as being taunted and excluded.
Child Cruelty can take many forms. Abuse, bullying, poverty, disease, hunger, deprivation of basic human needs are all examples of child abuse.
The worst cruelty is to an innocent child, someone who can’t defend themselves. Someone who doesn’t have a voice. Abuse and bullying can be emotional or physical. Parents, adults and other children can all emotionally abuse or bully. This has to stop.
If you are being bullied or abused, you can call Childline anytime on 0800 1111 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.