According to NCANDS (National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System) in 2009 an estimated 3.3 million referrals (allegations) involving the alleged maltreatment of approximately 6.0 million children, were reviewed by CPS agencies.
61.9 percent warranted a response by CPS.
Maltreatment consists of neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or psychological abuse.
Of the 1,770 reported fatalities in 2009, 80.8 percent of the children who died from abuse or neglect were under four-years old.
These are the statistics that were reported in 2009. Who knows how many more innocent children suffered in silence that we don’t know about.
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and with statistics like these is it any wonder why April is blue?
So anyway, here’s one more of the poems I wrote for this sad observance.
I’m the month of April and I am a lovely hue, And though I should be happy, instead I’m always blue.
I find it hard to smile, laugh, or even grin, For in my eyes I see an innocent child being hurt again.
I see the questions in their eyes, they don’t understand why, The people who should love them, only make them cry.
They don’t understand what it is that they did, Never realizing its not their fault, they are just a kid.
I see all this happen, I see it every single day, And it breaks my heart seeing a child afraid to play.
I’m the month of April, but there’s nothing I can do, If child abuse is to be stopped, its up to all of you. ©Donna M. Monnig