That is more than four children murdered per day - not by convicted sex offenders or Internet predators, but by those entrusted to care for them.
I wrote about the news media's blackout of child abuse in my 2003 book Media Mythmakers: How Journalists, Activists, and Advertisers Mislead Us, and in February 2005 I conducted a short, random news media survey and found a dozen children killed or nearly killed by their mothers in the first three weeks of February alone.
Yet despite children being murdered about every other day by their parents, the news media was (and remains) conspicuously silent about this epidemic of child abuse.
According to the NCECAD, U.S. child abuse deaths eclipse the number of U.S. combat fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Bringing about real reform and helping real children takes more than changing Facebook profiles to cartoon characters or participating in candlelight vigils.
A NCECAD press conference is scheduled for today to discuss ways to help prevent child abuse. Speakers include Michael Petit, President of Every Child Matters Education Fund; Scott Burns, executive director of the National District Attorneys Association; Teresa Huizar, director of National Children's Alliance; and Joan Zlotnik, director of Social Work Policy Institute, National Association of Social Workers.