End Epidemic Levels of Violence Against Children

Target: Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., Surgeon General of the United States

Goal: Protect children from violence by making it a public health issue.

A newly published study shows that violence against children has reached epidemic levels across the globe – including in the U.S. The study, a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, estimates that at least 50 percent of children experienced some type of violence in the past year.

Lead study author Susan Hillis indicates the study examined physical, sexual, emotional, and multiple types of abuses in homes school and the community. She indicates that she believes the study’s estimates are actually low.

Hillis goes on to state that North America is the second-worst region, just below Asia, but above Africa. Children who experience violence are far more likely to have lifelong mental and physical health issues. The best way to combat child abuse is exposure.

Tell the Surgeon General to review this study and declare violence against children a public health issue that must be immediately addressed by signing this petition.


Dear Dr. Murthy,

According to the CDC, violence against children has reached epidemic levels across the globe. The United States ranks second-worst, below Asia and above Africa. As one of the most powerful countries in the world, the U.S. has a responsibility to lead by example. We must show other nations how to treat children respectfully and without harm.

Protecting America’s children from the lifelong mental and physical health issues that develop as a result of abuse needs to be our top priority. This means the issue must no longer be hidden away. Rather, it must be brought out and publicly addressed.

We demand the Surgeon General’s office review the CDC’s study and make violence against children a public health issue in need of immediate correction.


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