In 2016, nearly 12,000 Oregon children were confirmed victims of abuse or neglect.
Nearly half of these children were under the age of six.
Nineteen children DIED from abuse in Oregon in 2016. And 68% of these children were under the age of five (Oregon Department of Human Services, 2016 Child Welfare Data Book). Even more alarming, six victims were younger than one year old. That's deplorable. That's more than the average number of young children who die from all forms of childhood cancer in Oregon each year (Oregon Partnership for Cancer Control, Childhood Cancer in Oregon).
We wish it wasn't so, but there is a need to prevent child abuse in our communities. MountainStar is doing just that.
We don't have any needs — we have a solution. One we want to bring to as many families as possible. You can help — there are many ways to join our cause, just check out the "Take Action" section of our website.
Traumatic experiences not only detrimentally affect a child's development, they affect people for their whole lives in a host of ways. The video below is very informative on this topic. The speaker, a leading pediatrician, explains that child abuse is preventable. She says, "This is treatable. This is beatable!" We wholeheartedly agree. Watch it to learn more.
Here are more resources where you can learn about preventing child abuse and neglect:
Website for the center founded by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris: The Center For Youth Wellness
Information on the ACE Study referenced in Dr. Nadine Burke Harris' TED Talk: CDC-Kaiser ACE Study
Harvard's Center on the Developing Child
3 Video Series: What is Resilience; The Science of Resilience; How Resilience is Built
Video: Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes
3 Video Series: Three Core Concepts in Early Childhood
Another Informative Website: ACEs Too High