Invest Some Money for the Prevention of Child Abuse

by JWC

Investing in stocks, bonds and/or mutual funds is good for the economy. Investing in the prevention of child abuse also has an economic benefit.

This is not the forum for an explanation of how stocks, bonds and mutual funds benefit society, but is an ideal platform to describe the benefits of investing in child abuse prevention.

Prevent Child Abuse America published an economic impact study in September 2007. The study estimated the total cost per year of child abuse in America to be (hold on to your chair) just over 103 billion, yes that's right, 103 billion dollars. In fact, the studies authors, Ching-Tung Wang, Ph.D. and John Holton, Ph.D. clearly state this to be a conservative estimate.

It does not take an economics professor to figure out that if child abuse can be eliminated or even reduced there would be a significant financial impact on society.

The reduction of child abuse would lower the costs for medical care, addiction treatment services, litigation services, specialized education and necessary societal systems such as child welfare, victim support services and law enforcement.

In addition, the nation's productivity would increase due to increased stability of the work force: healthy children become healthy adults; healthy adults become contributing members of society.

In conclusion, I would ask that the next time you have some money to invest in mutual funds, stocks or bonds, consider investing in child abuse prevention by donating to such organizations as Prevent Child Abuse America.

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Aug 24, 2008
Additional details of the study...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

To elaborate even further on the conservative estimate of $103 billion as the cost of child abuse and neglect:
  1. The much more stringent standard (Harm Standard) used to classify cases of child abuse for the purpose of this study is not the same standard (Child Endangerment Standard) used for other purposes.

  2. The estimate only relates to victims. The figure does not take into account costs associated with child abuse and neglect, such as intervention, treatment for perpetrators or support services for the families of victims.

  3. There are costs that could not be quantified because records are not kept and therefore data was/is not available: medical examinations and outpatient treatment of children not serious enough to require hospitalization; abused children are at greater risk of drug, alcohol and substance abuse, requiring treatment for addictions; abused children are at greater risk of engaging in high-risk sexual behaviours that lead to disease and teen pregnancy.
To break down the estimate, the $103 billion cost reflected in this study identifies both direct and indirect costs.
  • hospitalization
  • mental health care system
  • child welfare system
  • law enforcement
  • special education
  • juvenile delinquency
  • mental heath and health care
  • adult criminal justice system
  • lost productivity to society
Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

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