The information below is nearly unfathomable and provided some of the impetus for David writing “Relative Distance.”
● A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds in the United States
● Over 4.3 million children are reported to child protection agencies each year
● As many as two-thirds of the people in treatment for drug abuse reported being abused or neglected as children
● 14% of all men in prison and 36% of women in prison in the USA were abused as children, which is about twice the frequency seen in the general population. This means that roughly 25-30 million adults living in the U.S. today were abused in some manner either verbally, sexually, violently or were neglected etc. as children. AND very few of them ever talk about it but live with it in silence – as David did for years
● Children who experience child abuse and neglect are about 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity
● The estimated U.S. economic burden of child maltreatment based on 2015 investigated incident cases (2,368,000 nonfatal and 1670 fatal victims) was $2 trillion
● In one study, 80% of 21-year-olds who reported childhood abuse met the criteria for at least one psychological disorder
● Per homelessness.org, today there are approximately 600,000 homeless people in the United States. While there are several reasons for the growing numbers, almost 25% suffer from some form of severe mental illness and a significant number also come from dysfunctional homes with some element of abuse present. Affordable housing is the primary challenge we must overcome to reduce homelessness in our society.
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