Monday, November 14, 2011

What's an Infographic? (Child Abuse Infographic)

Hey Y'all:

I love learning new things and recently I've been introduced to a new way to receive information that is quick and visually pleasing.
Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics present complex information quickly and clearly,[1] such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education. With an information graphic, computer scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians develop and communicate concepts using a single symbol to process information.
They are the new rave around the Internet and you should be aware of them because I'm going to start using them while on my journey!


I was searching the net for a graphic regarding child abuse and molestation because of the recent drama at Penn State and this is what I found.



Staggering numbers right? 5.8 Million children are involved with child abuse in America, mothers are most likely to be the perpetrators and abuse crosses all socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural lines. If you see something SAY SOMETHING. Don't allow children to continue to suffer, it is our duty as citizens of the world to stop child abuse.

Recognize the signs of abuse and neglect (pulled from the NYC.gov site)


Physical
  • Bruises, welts, or swelling
  • Sprains or fractures
  • Burns
  • Lacerations or abrasions 
  • Lack of adequate supervision, nutrition, or shelter
  • Poor hygiene
  • Inappropriate dress
  • Educational
  • Infrequent attendance in school
Sexual
  • Difficulty in walking or sitting  
  • Torn, stained, or bloody clothing  
  • Pain or itching in the genital area; bruises or bleeding in the external genital area  
  • Sexually transmitted diseases  
  • Pregnancy



Emotional neglect or abuse


  • Speech disorders
  • Delayed physical development
  • Substance abuse
 Behavioral signs of abuse or neglect 
  • Uncomfortable with physical contact  
  • Low self-esteem  
  • Behavior extremes, such as appearing overly compliant and passive or very demanding and aggressive 
  • Frequently at home with no caretaker 
  • Lags in physical, emotional, or intellectual development.
Here is what you should do when you see any of these signs. Every state has a different name for their child services department but it's easy information to find. Call 911 if you don't have access to a computer otherwise do a google search for the direct number for the authorities in your state. Be sure to provide the following information:
  • the name and address of the child and family members
  • the child's age, sex, and primary language
  • the nature and extent of the child's injuries
  • the type of abuse or neglect, including evidence of prior history of maltreatment of the child or siblings
  • any additional information that may be helpful
Remember if you see something, say something.

Until next time...
MUAH!

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