American children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. National child abuse estimates are well known for being under-reported. The latest 2015 Child Maltreatment Report from The Children’s Bureau was published in January 2017. The report shows an increase in child abuse referrals from 3.6 million to 4 million. The number of children involved subsequently increased to 7.2 million from 6.6 million. The report also indicates an increase in child deaths from abuse and neglect to 1,670 in 2015, up from 1,580 in 2014.1 Some reports estimate child abuse fatalities at 1,740 or even higher. The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average almost five (5) children every day to child abuse and neglect.
Executive Director at Lucas County Children Services Toledo, Oh. Where she leads the charge for protecting children in the community from abuse and neglect
Dr. Celia Williamson
Founder & President of National Research Consortium on commercial Sexual Exploitation, University of Toledo. She is a community advocate who seeks to combat domestic human trafficking, minor sex trafficking and prostitution.