What is child abuse?
Child abuse is the physical or sexual abuse of children by parents, guardians or others. Children living in areas of extreme economic hardship and social disruption are at increased risk for child abuse, violence and exploitation. Consider these facts*:
An estimated 300 million children worldwide are subjected to violence, exploitation and child abuse, including the worst forms of child labor in communities, schools and institutions.
About 1.5 billion children live in the 42 countries affected by violent conflict between 2002 and 2006. Of 14.2 million refuges worldwide, 41 percent may be children under the age of 18.
Worldwide, an estimated 40 million children under age 15 suffer from violence, child abuse and neglect.
An estimated 1.2 million children — both boys and girls — are trafficked each year into exploitative labor in agriculture, mining, factories, armed conflict or commercial sex work.
How is Compassion fighting child abuse?
Compassion International is committed to fighting child abuse and all forms of child exploitation. In partnership with local churches, we do this by:
Providing a positive and safe environment where children can learn and play.
Engaging the active commitment of the caring adults who surround the children to care for them with dignity, respect and integrity at all times.
Preventing and/or reducing the risks of the incidence of child abuse through enforcing child-protection policies, strategies and procedures.
Every Compassion center is required to implement a local plan of action for protection against child abuse and exploitation. We regularly monitor implemented policies to ensure that expectations are fulfilled. We also believe it is critical to protect children not only from abuse but from exposure that could make them more susceptible to child abuse. Many children living in poverty experience health and family issues that are personal and sensitive. That's why we are committed to protecting each family's privacy and preserving each child's dignity.
You can make a difference in a child's life by helping protect them against child abuse.
By making a charitable contribution of just $38 a month, you can sponsor a child in need and offer your child the basic necessities of life, as well as hope and protection against child abuse and exploitation. Compassion is ready to match you with a child in need today!
Make a donation to Compassion's children's ministry and help Compassion fight child abuse!
You can also make a tax-deductible charitable donation to Compassion and support our children's ministry as we continue releasing children from child abuse and poverty in Jesus' name.
*Sources: www.unicef.org, www.ispcan.org, www.ilo.org