American Academy Pediatrics Family Snapshot Survey Measures Domestic Violence, Discipline of Children During Pandemic

American Academy Pediatrics Family Snapshot Survey Measures Domestic Violence, Discipline of Children During Pandemic

Studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics, CDC, and Prevent Child Abuse America offer snapshots into financial stress, intimate partner violence, and child discipline during the COVID 19 pandemic.


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Child Abuse Affects Brain Development; Study Reveals Complex Trauma Related to Psychopathology and Cognitive Illness

Child Abuse Affects Brain Development; Study Reveals Complex Trauma Related to Psychopathology and Cognitive Illness

Complex trauma negatively impacts people, especially those who are young. This anomaly at an early age may be relayed to a child through various sets of maltreatment, including child abuse and interpersonal exploits. A new study found that repeated child abuse, or complex trauma, is related to psychopathology and cognitive impairment.

In the new study, the people who experienced complex trauma in childhood are more likely to have mental problems and cognitive deficits compared to the group that does not have any exposure to traumas when they were children.


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New Report Recommends States Introduce Laws to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, Strengthen Child Safety in Schools & Youth Organizations

New Report Recommends States Introduce Laws to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, Strengthen Child Safety in Schools & Youth Organizations

According to Bernier, “Children from every community and from all economic, racial and cultural groups are included in the estimated one in ten children who are victims of child sexual abuse. And the pandemic has placed children at significantly greater risk, as confirmed by the unprecedented numbers of calls to rape crisis hotlines by minors over the past year.”

Specifically, the report urges President Biden to appoint a policy czar and federal inter-agency task force to work with private sector abuse prevention experts to address what law enforcement and public health experts are calling a pandemic within a pandemic. The report also calls upon lawmakers in every state to introduce legislation mandating all school employees and students receive training on how to prevent, early identify and report child sexual abuse.


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Men Who Have Been Sexually Abused Have Trouble Getting Treatment

Men Who Have Been Sexually Abused Have Trouble Getting Treatment

Jim Holland says he was raped by a priest when he was 13 years old. For the next 30 years, Holland locked his trauma away, holding it at bay with drinking, drugs and promiscuity. The 2002-2004 Boston Globe Spotlight investigation of sexual abuse by priests triggered his memories.

“I kept on saying, ‘No, it was no big deal. That really didn’t happen,’ ” says Holland.

Holland knew he needed help, but there were few therapists specializing in this kind of trauma. So he shoved his pain back down.


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Long Term Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect

Long Term Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect

How many times have you heard adults say that children are resilient? That they have an innate ability to magically “bounce back” from any situation, regardless of how stressful. Recent work in child development and neuroscience increasingly suggests that children require safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments to thrive. Evidence shows that stress and trauma, especially when prolonged, can interrupt healthy child development, putting them at risk for lifelong health issues.


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7 Myths About Child Sexual Abuse

7 Myths About Child Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is probably not something you think about regularly when it comes to kids – and it’s definitely not something you ever want to imagine could happen! But the truth is, 1 in 10 children in America will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Children (which we define as anyone under the age of 18) are sexually victimized at a much higher rate than adults. There are approximately 42 million adult survivors of child sexual abuse living in the U.S. alone. This means that you know, and might even love, a survivor.


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Bystander Intervention: How Far Would You Go To Rescue A Child?

Bystander Intervention: How Far Would You Go To Rescue A Child?

Bystander intervention, or active bystanding, plays a critical role in child protection but can be intimidating. A bystander may hesitate to intervene because of the fear of backlash or of misreading a situation. Sometimes, a bystander may simply not know they need to intervene. It isn’t always obvious when a child is being abused, so as the child’s advocate and protector, the bystander must be able to recognize the signs.


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Child USA “Wednesday Data Drop”

Child USA “Wednesday Data Drop”

Child USA is a nonprofit think tank dedicated to protecting kids and preventing abuse, built on the extraordinary work of two leaders in the field.

Rosenberg says the Center for Hope aims to advance hope, healing, and resilience for those impacted by trauma, abuse, and violence through comprehensive response, treatment, and education.


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Child USA blog and newsletter

Child USA blog and newsletter

Child USA is a nonprofit think tank dedicated to protecting kids and preventing abuse, built on the extraordinary work of two leaders in the field.


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Prevent Child Abuse America News

Prevent Child Abuse America News

Evidence shows that children’s early experiences impact them throughout life—positively and negatively. Kids raised in safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments are more likely to enjoy good physical and mental health and succeed academically and socially. Children who grow up happy and healthy also go on to contribute to economic prosperity for everyone. Child abuse and neglect prevention is possible, and below are the crucial issues we address every day:


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