In Harm's Way

In a community that prides itself on being safe and welcoming, thousands of Orange County children and families live in fear of violence at home or school.

 37,977 Reports of child abuse each year an average of 2 child abuse reports per classroom
Source: Orange County Children's Partnership: The 17th Annual Report on the Conditions of Children in Orange County, 2011
By the Numbers: 15% of all school absenteenism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school and 160,000 Children nationwide miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. 
Source: OC Human Relations, Bullying Resources and Information, What are the facts about bullying?

Nearly 40,000 counts of child abuse are reported per year in Orange County—an average of two children per classroom. Many cases go unreported, leaving untold numbers of children in our community vulnerable, frightened and emotionally scarred.

The costs of family and child abuse are high. Those who flee abusive situations often lack basics such as food and shelter. Increased medical care and court costs add a heavy financial burden. And children in unstable homes often suffer academically.

Not all abuse occurs within the home. Childhood bullying is a growing epidemic, touching one out of every seven students nationwide. Victims of bullying face name-calling, vicious rumors, harassment and even physical violence.

Fifteen percent of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school. An estimated 160,000 children nationwide miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. And bullying is not just a schoolyard crime—43 percent of youth are victims of cyber bullying, a form of abuse perpetrated on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and other forums.

The physical and emotional scars of childhood abuse can last a lifetime, leading to mental health problems, substance abuse and often a cycle of perpetuating violence. These issues negatively affect future work performance, education, interpersonal relationships, and emotional and physical well-being.