Homeless Children have exceptional vulnerabilities to exploitation!

Children are a growing segment of the homeless population. Moreover, these children have a high vulnerability to abuse and potential exploitation as well as victimization. This article is designed to reveal the prevalence of child abuse and victimization; to help you recognize the signs of child abuse as well as to take an active role in addressing the issue.

Trauma is real and prevalent in the lives of homeless children. The National Center Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) says that homelessness makes families more vulnerable to physical and sexual assault, witnessing violence, or to abrupt separation. These stresses compound homelessness and can impede recovery due to ongoing traumatic reminders and challenges. http://www.nctsnet.org/

Children are particularly vulnerable and may demonstrate both physical and mental symptoms. These children’s physical issues and complicated lives may actually serve to mask an abusive situation. Additionally, they are often not treated medically […]