Defending Childhood Initiative

60% of our children have been exposed to crime, abuse, and violence, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), with 10% suffering from abuse or neglect, and one in sixteen having been the victim of sexual abuse.  Additional findings from a 2009 DOJ study show that “children exposed to violence are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol; suffer from depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic disorders; fail or have difficulty in school; and become delinquent and engage in criminal behavior.”

Because of the prevalence of trauma experienced by children, the U.S. Attorney General organized a National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, which released a final report and recommendations.  This report was endorsed by the American Bar Association through a resolution approved on August 12, 2013.

The DOJ Defending Childhood website contains additional resources, including: tips for parents and caregivers, tips for teachers,  and selected publications and research.

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