Sunday, June 10, 2007

Hitting the Kids

I'm going to be doing some work about Child Abuse this week and was given some statistics as part of the preparation.

Here are just two of them:

About 7% of children suffer serious physical abuse
Physical abuse by other than parent or parent figure is uncommon

Parents these days worry tremendously about their children and won't let them play out in case they are hurt by a stranger. The statistics, however, suggest otherwise.

In fact, parents, you'd be better off letting your kids play out, because, statistically, the people most likely to harm them are you.


Blogger MrsG said...

I used to work as a ChildLine counsellor. It's all pretty hair-raising, really...

1:49 pm  
Blogger Ailbhe said...

The worst nightmares I have about my children's safety are all about Rob.

It's really, really nasty.

10:39 pm  
Blogger Honey said...

same with rape and sexual abuse, even as adults it's 70% likely to come from someone you know.. makes that saying 'better the devil you know..' not ring quite true..

8:38 pm  

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