The stats on child abuse are very simple:
- More than four children die every day as a result of child abuse.
- Approximately 70 percent of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4.
- About 30 percent of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.
- In at least one study, about 80 percent of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
- 14 percent of all men in prison and 36 percent of women in prisonin the USA were abused as children, about twice the frequency seen in the general population.
- Children who experience child abuse and neglect are about 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity.
Child abuse is learned. In some cases it’s cultural. What it has never been is right. It doesn’t make stronger men and women. It creates generations of broken individuals who, to varying degrees, learn how to function with dysfunction. I, like other abused children, am the man I am today because of the abuse I have seen and endured. Instead of praising what we are because of abuse maybe we should be asking how much more we might have been without it.
Powerful piece on this writer’s personal history with abuse and its connection with the Adrian Peterson case.