Child Abuse And How To Detect It
We have written many articles about elder abuse, which is very hard to document and prove and is one of the most underreported crimes in the country. Only sexual assault on college campuses and in the military are more underreported. In those situations, more than one out of three crimes never get reported for a variety of issues which we will not go into here.
But close behind those categories of crimes is child abuse, which as one agency said the “number of reports likely under-represents the number of children who actually suffer from abuse or neglect.” It has been estimated that almost 3 times as many children are maltreated as are reported to child protective service agencies around the country.
Part of the problem in collecting accurate data is that several national and state agencies define, collect and analyze different data using varying methods causing the statistics to fluctuate all over the place. According to the National Child Abuse and Data Neglect System (NCANDS), approximately 12 out of every 1000 children up to age 18 were found to be victims of mistreatment.
Over half of all reports of suspected child mistreatment came from what are called “mandated reporters” such as law enforcement agencies, healthcare professionals and so on.
Nearly 63% of all cases fall under the category of child neglect, which can have a wide variety of subcategories and causes. Another almost 17% suffer from physical abuse.
There are so many contributing factors to child abuse that it may be difficult to even list them all. Parental substance abuse is high on the list with nearly 70% of all cases involving substance abuse. Economic conditions also play a role. If there isn’t enough money in the family to pay for food, the children usually suffer the worst.
Nearly half of all children who were maltreated were Caucasian, 23% were African-American, and 17% Hispanic but that was nearly a decade ago. Because of changes in demographics in the country those statistics likely have changed.
One of the major reasons that children enter foster care is abuse and neglect associated with parental alcohol or drug abuse, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
Child abuse is usually easy to detect, but in some cases, for example, where a nanny may be involved or a visiting relative a hidden spy camera, such as a toy bear may be needed to document the abuse or neglect.
Another excellent tool to use is the hidden clock camera that can be viewed from anywhere you can get an Internet connection. That is the perfect tool to use for busy parents who have babysitters or nannies.
In nearly 80% of all cases, the perpetrators of child abuse or neglect are the children’s own parents.
We have over 100 Covert Spy Cameras that may be helpful in documenting cases of child abuse.