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Street Positive - A Positive Spin on Abuse Recovery

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From the 'hood to the 'burbs, no greater preservation exists than the life of a child. Help Tavarius graduate and make his love count.


For several years, 52 Street Positive has been honored to receive numerous awards for mentoring,  youth advocacy, and fatherhood engagement.  Now, they have combined all three aspects into a distinct collaboration to prevent child maltreatment for the positive.


Consider these facts courtesy of the US Dept of Health and Human Services:

  • The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States alone reached $124 billion in 2008.
  • Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across all ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.
  • Approximately 3 million reports of child abuse in the U.S. are made annually.
  • There are more than 470,000 children in foster care.
  • Approx 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.
  • A child abuse report is made every ten seconds across the USA.
  • Two-thirds of the people in treatment for drug abuse reported being abused or neglected as children.
  • 14% of men and 36% of women incarcerated were abused as children.
  • Nearly 80% of 21 year olds abused as children have criteria of at least one mental disorder.
  • Types and percentage breakdown of abuses: Neglect, 62.8%; Physical, 16.6%; Sexual, 9.3%; Emotional, 7.1%.
  • Abuse by ethnicity: White, 49.7%; African American, 23.1%; Hispanic, 17.4%.
  • Gender breakdown: Female, 50.3%; Male, 47.3%.