Thursday, January 26, 2012

Helping Those Who Can't Help Themselves


In the United States, the issue of elder mistreatment is garnering the attention of the law enforcement, medical, and research communities as more people are living longer than ever before.
According to the best available estimates, between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depended for care or protection.
Elder Abuse | National Institute of Justice
 This trend is expected to increase, as the U.S. Census Bureau projects that more than 62 million Americans will be age 65 or older in 2025, an increase of 78 percent from 2001, and more than 7.4 million will be age 85 or older, an increase of nearly 68 percent from 2001.[1] This aging population will require more care and protection than is currently available or possible.

 Nursing Home Abuse Statistics
Experts believe that for every one case of nursing abuse, or neglect that is reported, five go unreported.


Every year, up to 300,000 U.S. children are at risk of being sold for sex.

US Losing the Battle against Sex Trafficking? CBN NEWS
According to researchers, traffickers usually begin targeting kids who are 12 years old. Every year, up to 300,000 U.S. children are at risk of being sold for sex.

Sex trafficking in the U.S. called ‘epidemic’ “We don’t know the number, but we know it is happening. I am working with 300 girls now,” she said, adding that most came from troubled homes where there was either sexual or physical abuse. “For every single woman I have met that was exploited, you could tell why they ran away and why they were easy prey for a pimp. The pimp becomes their strongest connection in life.”