Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fathers, be good to your daughters.

An analysis of child abuse cases in a nationally representative sample of 42 counties found that children from single-parent families are more likely to be victims of physical and sexual abuse than children who live with both biological parents. Compared to their peers living with both parents, children in single parent homes had:

- a 77% greater risk of being physically abused;

- an 87% greater risk of being harmed by physical neglect;

- a 165% greater risk of experiencing notable physical neglect;

- a 74% greater risk of suffering from emotional neglect;

- an 80% greater risk of suffering serious injury as a result of abuse;

- overall, a 120% greater risk of being endangered by some type of child abuse.

Source: Sedlak, Andrea J. and Diane D. Broadhurst. The Third National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect: Final Report. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Washington, D.C., September 1996.

"On behalf of every man looking out for every girl,
You are the god and the weight of her world."

"So fathers, be good to your daughters.
Daughters will love like you do.
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers,
So mothers be good to your daughters, too."

-John Mayer

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