Being a Child Shouldn’t Hurt

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 20, 2017 12:00:00 AM

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The realities of physical child abuse are unspeakably common and devastating. By the time you see it, it often looks like an angry teenage boy who scares his teachers and parents or a promiscuous girl struggling with a teen pregnancy only to repeat the cycle for the baby she brings into the world (Abused girls are 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy). The reality of child abuse looks like an ever-increasing high school dropout rate and it sounds like the slamming door of a jail cell. The long term results of child abuse extend to every level of society. Abuse leads to homelessness, criminal activity, failing education, drug use, and domestic violence. In a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study of homeless youth, it found that 46% of those surveyed had escaped a home where they suffered physical abuse, and 17% left because of sexual abuse. Children who experience child abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit a violent crime.