It's something many people focus on almost in isolation when a tragic story shows up on the morning shows, but it's almost too easy to miss the fuller, devastating, horrifying picture: each year, more than three million children in the United States are reported as victims of child abuse and neglect. More than 70,000 of those cases are from Massachusetts alone.
And even more tragically, at least 1,700 of those forgotten children lose their lives each year in our country -- most before they even turn four years old.
It would shock most Americans to hear the awful truth that the United States ranks highest in child abuse fatalities of any industrialized nation.
But as March turns to April and we approach National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we would do well to look at this disturbing picture nationally, and recommit ourselves to ending this vicious cycle and fighting for every child too young to speak for themselves.