A Spanish organization that protects children from child abuse is running outdoor ads that appear one way to adults and another way to children. The belief is that if an abusing adult saw the ad, he or she would make sure their child didn’t see it.
What the adult sees is an ad that shows a boy with the message:
Sometimes child abuse is only visible to the child suffering it.
What the child sees is an ad that shows the same boy, bloody and bruised, with the message:
If somebody hurts you, phone us and we’ll help you.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., statistics indicate that the number of child abuse instances decreased during the recent Great Recession. But there’s another indicator that suggests statistics are lying (From the New York Times):
The real story about child maltreatment during the recession is a grim one. I spent months studying this topic, using a number of different data sources, including Google search queries. I found that the Great Recession caused a significant increase in child abuse and neglect. But far fewer of these cases were reported to authorities, with much of the drop due to slashed budgets for teachers, nurses, doctors and child protective service workers.
So state and federal budget cuts are eliminating services directed at protecting children from abuse. Since the services are being cut, reported instances of child abuse have decreased. But statistics show Google searches on child abuse topics have increased. For example:
Google that and see how many links come up. (I really didn’t want to say “see how many hits you get.”)
Here’s another statistic that shows child abuse has increased in the U.S.:
The first clue that the official statistics were misleading comes from looking at the most extreme forms of abuse and neglect, which are least susceptible to reporting pressures: child-fatality rates. During the downturn, there was a comparative increase in these rates in states that were hardest hit by the recession. From 2006 to 2009, Nevada’s fatality rate from abuse or neglect rose 50 percent.
With reduced services, reports of child abuse drop. But you can’t gloss over reporting when a child dies, and in Nevada alone, that has soared 50 percent. It’s absurd to believe that child abuse has dropped when the number of dead children is sharply increasing.
The Tea Party patriots and their GOP cohorts in national and state legislatures want to keep cutting funding for social services.
This is the result of their “fiscal responsibility.”