TALAA CLASS: Elderly, child abuse victims numbers high

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: This letter is part of a fifth-grade project at International Studies Elementary Charter School, Albany, on child and elderly abuse

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Our class has been researching two topics: child abuse and elderly abuse. In our class, we are very engaged in this subject. Child and elderly abuse is the most horrible and inhumane thing that can be done. We want to share some facts we have learned, as well as some ways to help someone that may be abused.

We have learned important facts about elderly abuse. Elderly abuse affected 5,961,568 elders in 2010. Thirty-two percent of the abusers are teenagers. Elders who have been abused have a 300 percent higher risk of dying earlier than those that have not been abused. Ninety percent of those abused are abused by someone in their own family. Only 1 out of 5 elderly abuse cases is ever reported. Elderly abuse mostly affects those who are over 60 years of age. Elderly abuse happens so often because the abused cannot fight back.

We were saddened by the research we found on child abuse. Child abuse is any act that endangers a child’s physical or emotional health. Four percent of children die each day from child abuse. Some that are abused as children grow up to abuse children themselves. According to the state of Georgia, in 2012 3,024 males and 5, 637 females were reported as being abused. There are 3.6 million cases of child abuse reported in the U.S. each year. Forty-five percent of all abusers are male, while 55 percent are female. Ninety-three percent of abusers are related to the child.

Here are some websites, organizations, and phone numbers you can use to contact someone in case of abuse: www.preventchildabuse.org, National Center on Elderly Abuse (1-800-677-1116), Hotline Phone Number (1-800-428-9124), The Lily Pad SANE Center (229-435-0074).

Now that you are aware show you care.

Mrs. Talaa’s Fifth Grade Class

International Studies Elementary Charter School, Albany