What is the scope of the problem?
Nationally: Over 5 million children reported as abused or neglected every year in the US.
State Wide: Over 125,000 children in North Carolina.
Locally: Over 4,000 children in Buncombe County alone
Tragically, 4 children will die every day from child abuse or neglect. But, child abuse is preventable and that is why it is so important to have prevention, education, and counseling programs like CAPS!
Who is most vulnerable?
1 in 5 children will experience abuse.
Children 6 years and younger make up 50% of cases and children under 12 account for 75%
Who are the perpetrators?
Ninety percent are known by the child.
75% relative of the child.
Cuts across all lines—any ethnic, religious, or socioeconomic group—and knows no boundaries.
Is this really happening in North Carolina?
The Child Health Report Card from Action for Children and the NC Institute of Medicine has for years given the state Ds and Fs in child maltreatment stating if it were a communicable disease, child abuse and neglect would be declared an epidemic in NC. More recently they gave a C rating and hopefully that improvement can continue.
Research indicates 1 in every 5 children will be abused. The cost of child abuse is $250 million a day or $94 billion a year in the US, which equates to $1500 a family per year; yet only $1 a family per year is invested in prevention.
Please contact us for more information, a brochure, or handouts on a variety of topics including Raising Safe Kids, Tips on Person Safety for Kids, Keeping Kids Save, Internet Safety, Keeping Kids Save in cyberspace, Positive parenting, Child Abuse and Neglect: What You Should Know, Reporting child Abuse, and Information for Parents of Children Who Have Experienced Abuse as well as statistics and frequently asked questions.
Prevent Child Abuse NC
Action for Children, NC Child Health Report Card
National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
University of New Hampshire Family Resource Laboratory, Child Abuse Resource Center
NC Department of Health & Human Services, Div. of Social Services, Central Registry
Child Advocacy Centers of NC
National Children’s Advocacy Center, Huntsville
Some recommended books include:
Helping Your Child Recover from Sexual Abuse by Caron Adams and Jennifer Fay
When Your Child Has Been Molested: A Parent’s Guide to Healing and Recovery by Kathryn Brohl
Dancing with Daddy by Betsy Peterson
Miss America by Day: Lessons Learned From Ultimate Betrayal and Unconditional Love by Marilyn Van Derbur.
Related local agencies include:
Buncombe County Health and Human Services, Child Protective Services at 828-250-5500
Guardian Ad Litem, advocate for children at 251-6130
Pisgah Legal Services at 253-0406
OurVoice, sexual assault at 252-0562
Helpmate, domestic violence 254-2968.
Reporting Child Abuse
In North Carolina all citizens are required to report upon reasonable suspicion of abuse or neglect to their County department of Social Services or law enforcement. DSS cannot disclose your name and you can report anonymously. As long as you are reporting in good faith, you cannot be held liable in any way.
The Buncombe County DSS number is 828-250-5900. You can also call the police department or sheriff’s office.