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Minnesota’s children are our children, and for this reason alone we must not ignore the horrifying statistics and numbers that don’t even begin to dive into the cold, hard, and straight facts of child abuse and neglect right here in our state.

According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services mn.gov/dhs , April 2010, 4,742 Minnesota Children were CONFIRMED as neglected or abused in 2009. Of these 4,742 children, 70% suffered from neglect, 44 children suffered life threatening injuries and 21 children died from maltreatment.

Inexcusable facts

• Median age for victims was six years old
• White Children accounted for 51 percent of maltreatment victims; African American children, 23 percent; American Indian children, 10 percent, Asian and Pacific Islander children, about one percent. Children who identified with two or more races accounted for 13 percent. Approximately two percent of the remaining cases, racial background was missing or unknown; 11 percent indicated Hispanic ethnicity.
• 76 percent of all alleged offenders were victims’ birth parents. Some children were victims of more than one offender.
• 20 percent of all those maltreated were physically abused.
• 16 percent of all victims suffered sexual abuse.
• One percent of all victims suffered medical neglect.
• One percent of all victims suffered from emotional or mental abuse.

Help prevent child abuse and neglect

Although not every Minnesotan is by law a mandated reporter, Minnesotans are greatly encouraged to report suspected child abuse and neglect to their county social service agency or law enforcement agency, and help in the following ways:

• Host neighborhood/community conversations and small get-togethers about how to strengthen and support families

• Reach out and connect parents to local resources, including parenting education programs, mental health/chemical health counseling, childcare, or financial assistance

• Provide support to your stressed, overworked, tired neighborhood parents by baby-sitting, inviting their children over to play, helping the youth with homework or volunteer to help out at school functions

• Join, or start, a local child abuse prevention council

This article was submitted by Marina Lumsden

 

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5 Comments

  1. Schoolgirls in Zambia are facing rampant sexual violence according to a report released recently by Cornell school of law and they desperately need Dolphin Anti rape and AIDS Control from Kenya to come and help equip them with practical prevention and self protection strategies. They don`t have funds to sent a team of 4 staff to Lusaka to realize this. Please help in whatever way you can to save the girls from`more sexual violence. Dolphin staff require funds for 4 air tickets,produce education and training materials,accommodation and meals for only 5 days and this will cost around USD 5,500. Dolphin will train trainers who will in turn carry out activities in schools.

    You will be part of the project because of the support from you and we shall recognize you as one of the kind supporters of the project.Use email address”dolphin2002ke@yahoo.com” to get in touch with Winfridah Anyango the Chairperson.

    Thank you in advance

  2. As Residents of Lusaka,Zambia, we are very concerned with the rampant sexual violence of school girls following a report released by Cornell School of law. Any assistance given to Dolphin anti rape Outreach to come and rescue our children will be very much appreciated. They can be contacted on email address”dolphin2002ke@yahoo.com

    Thanking you in advance

    Sincerely

    Zena and Juliet

  3. Thank you Michael for reaching out to these children. Let us call up more caring adults to join you and help the helpless. Let us uproot the unacceptable.

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