Childhood Abuse and Trauma doesn't have to last a lifetime

Child Abuse in America

  • Approximately 80% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4
  • It is estimated that between 50-60% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates
  • More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way
  • Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education
  • About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.
  • About 80% of 21 year old people that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder

Signs of Abuse

According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, some of the particular symptoms of child PTSD include:

1. Frequent memories and/or talk of the traumatic event(s)

2. Bad dreams

3. Repeated physical or emotional symptoms whenever the child is confronted with the event

4. Fear of dying

5. Loss of interest in activities

6. Regular physical complaints such as headaches or stomachaches

7. Extreme emotional reactions

8. Trouble sleeping

9. Irritability, anger, violence

10. Difficulty concentrating

In addition to harming the immediate well being of the child, maltreatment and extreme stress during childhood can impair early brain development and metabolic and immune system function, leading to chronic health problems.  As a consequence, abused children are at increased risk for a wide range of physical health conditions including obesity, heart disease, and cancer, as well as psychiatric conditions such as depression, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, high-risk behaviors and violence. They are also more susceptible to developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a severe and debilitating stress-related psychiatric disorder-after experiencing other types of trauma later in life.

Long Term Consequences:

Dr. Jon Connelly is the founder and developer of Rapid Resolution Therapy, a revolutionary approach to emotional and behavioral difficulties.


Rapid Resolution Therapy

Our Services

 The Childhood Abuse and Trauma Foundation, in cooperation with our parent organization Crisis Relief Network, provides free therapy services to survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. Services are provided directly or through a certified Rapid Resolution therapist.

Rapid Resolution Therapy eliminates the negative emotional or behavioral influence of traumatic events, whether these experiences are remembered, repressed or forgotten. It is not necessary to relive past events or experience any pain. The mind is cleared, organized and optimized.

How We Help

Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States. The United States has the worst record of all industrialized nations.


Why Child Abuse/Trauma?