A couple arrives at the hospital along with a few weeks old baby. The baby’s leg is swollen and he cannot move it at all. Neither can he move his arm. The X-rays show that there is a fracture in the thigh. The doctors who have been trained to identify signs of abuse after attending one of the ELIZA training courses, immediately realize that a baby that cannot yet crawl, not even turn on his side, cannot injure himself to this extend. The probability of abuse is very high. When they ask the parents what happened, they receive ambiguous answers and no report of an accident. A thorough examination reveals a previous fracture in the shoulder, so there is no doubt any more. They inform the relevant authorities in order to inspect the baby’s environment and to ensure immediate protection and security.
In this case, the most critical step to save the baby’s life has been taken. But there are many more children that are abused on a daily basis. It is our responsibility to protect them too.
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Did you know that:
- 1 out of 2 children has been a victim of at least one incident of physical abuse and 1out of 10 children has experienced an incident of sexual abuse at least once (BECAN study/ Institution of Child Health, 2013).
- 9 out of 10 cases of severe child victimization are not reported to the authorities and consequently no action is taken.
- It is estimated that 7.500 children under 5 become victims of abuse every year.
- The lack of special training of doctors who come in contact with children plays an important role.
- Early recognition of physical abuse can be life-saving, especially in children under 4 years of age who are at the highest risk of fatal abuse.
- Recent and continuing studies show that the traumatic events in childhood have long-term effects on an individual’s physical and mental health.
ELIZA does not receive funds from any governmental source and relies only on the generosity individuals, companies and institutions. Please support ELIZA today and help us protect children that have been victims or are in danger of becoming victims of abuse or neglect!