Education Is Key to Preventing Child Abuse. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 children will experience some form of abuse or maltreatment before they turn 18. Chances are, someone you know has been impacted. Research shows that people who are abused as children are far more likely to experience psychological problems often lasting into adulthood, including post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, suicide, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, school dropout and relationship problems. Learning the facts about child abuse helps prevent it. Talking about it helps prevent it. Getting involved helps prevent it. The truth is, if child abuse and maltreatment can be prevented, it can be stopped by empowering your community through awareness and educational programs to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child abuse and maltreatment. What are you doing outside your walls to empower your community? We’d love to know.