The Childhood Abuse and Trauma Foundation, in cooperation with our parent organization Crisis Relief Network, provides free therapy services to survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. Services are provided directly or through an online program in the comfort of your own home.
How We Can Help
Our treatment programs help reduce or eliminate the negative emotional or behavioral influence of traumatic events, whether these experiences are remembered, repressed, or forgotten. It is not necessary to relive past events or experience any pain. The mind is cleared, organized, and optimized.
Why Child Abuse/Trauma?
Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States. The United States has the worst record of all industrialized nations.
Long Term Consequences
In addition to harming the immediate well-being of the child, maltreatment and extreme stress during childhood can impair early brain development and metabolic and immune system function, leading to chronic health problems. As a consequence, abused children are at increased risk for a wide range of physical health conditions including obesity, heart disease, and cancer, as well as psychiatric conditions such as depression, suicide, drug, and alcohol abuse, high-risk behaviors, and violence. They are also more susceptible to developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a severe and debilitating stress-related psychiatric disorder-after experiencing other types of trauma later in life.
Child Abuse in America
- Approximately 80% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4
- It is estimated that between 50-60% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates
- More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way
- Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions, and at all levels of education
- About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse
- About 80% of 21-year-old people that were abused as children met the criteria for at least one psychological disorder
Signs of Abuse
According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, some of the particular symptoms of child PTSD include:
Frequent memories and/or talk of the traumatic event(s)
Repeated physical or emotional symptoms whenever the child is confronted with the event
Fear of dying
Loss of interest in activities
Regular physical complaints such as headaches or stomachaches
Extreme emotional reactions
Irritability, anger, violence
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