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The cost of child abuse

April 17, 2012
Jana Enfield, Marshalltown , Times-Republican

Here are some facts to ponder:

By decreasing child abuse by just 5 percent nationwide, the money saved could be used to purchase 19,054 homes for single families.

The money spent nationwide on child abuse in 2011 could keep Chicago Bulls basketball star Derrick Rose employed at his current salary for 18,738 years.

Getting rid of child sexual abuse and the costs associated with it could pay for hiring 586,190 middle school teachers.

Even when gas prices were at their highest last year, the money spent on child abuse could still buy 742,857,143 barrels or 26 billion gallons of gas.

As you can see, Child Abuse is expensive. However, perhaps the biggest price is the way it affects society. Studies show there is a strong connection between positive early childhood experiences and success later in life. At Child Abuse Prevention Services, we believe all children in our community should have the chance to flourish and reach their full potential.

April is designated nationwide as Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to focus on education and awareness. This month, you will notice a variety of activities in our community focused on putting child abuse prevention in the spotlight. We hope you will participate in these activities, and stop a minute to think about how healthy families create a healthy community.



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