AUSTIN (KXAN) — April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Across America Saturday here in Austin and in a hundred other cities people marched to raise awareness of the issue of child abuse. Some 3-million child abuse cases are reported in this country every year. Children Without a Voice, the group that created Saturday’s march believe the real number is closer to 9-million.
Experts tell Congress over 10 children die each day in the U.S. as a result of child abuse. One out of 6 boys and 1 out of 4 girls will be sexually molested by a close and trusted person before the age of 18.
“This is nothing to be afraid of. It’s a horrible subject, we know that. But we want people to help out any way they can. And not to turn a blind eye because you can’t ignore it,” said Christian Tarango, a member of Children Without Voices.
Taking a deeper look into the number of child deaths this year in Texas:
Two month year old Justice Hull of Dallas drowned on January 26.Justice had been placed with a friend of her mom’s in a Parental Child Safety Placement while her mother was incarcerated.
Four year old Codrick McCall from Houston died from an accidental gunshot wound last month. That case is still being investigated.
Three year old Audrey Torres of Hall County near Amarillo died when the driver of the car she was in was allegedly drunk, killing the driver and child. At the time of the accident her family was being investigated by CPS.
Last year Family & Protective Services launched a rebuilding project called ‘Transformation’ to better hire, train and retain child protection staff and managers.Governor Abbott is proposing additional funding of $40 million to go towards foster children and children and families that are at risk