1 out of 3 victims
of child abuse grow up
to become abusers.

To report child abuse or neglect, speak with a counselor, or learn about ways to help prevent it, visit childwelfare.gov or contact Childhelp® at 800.422.4453

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With nearly 4 million
cases of abuse and neglect
being reported every year,
it’s time we Stop The Cycle.

In 2020, the stresses of job loss, health safety, and stay at home orders compounded to create even more conflict at home. Amigos for Kids aims to increase awareness in order to help prevent the long‐term psychological, emotional, and physical effects caused by child abuse and neglect.

Our goal is to strengthen families and educate communities by promoting the social and emotional well‐being of children and families in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment.

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Below is a peek into the dark past of some the most infamous victims of child abuse.
Portrait of Charles Manson

Charles Manson

Cult leader convicted of 9 murders

“Remorse for what? You people have done everything in the world to me. Doesn’t that give me equal rights?
  • At birth, his mother named him “No Name”
  • His mother once traded him for a pitcher of beer
  • As punishment, his family would send him to school dressed as a “little girl”
  • He spent most of the first 20 years of his life in prison
  • He was gang-raped by other inmates at the chief guard’s instigation
  • Founder and leader of the murderous cult known as the Manson Family
Portrait of Aileen Wuornos

Aileen Wuornos

Serial Killer and Sex Worker convicted of 7 murders

“I robbed them and I killed them cold as ice, and I would do it again, and I know I would kill another person because I’ve hated humans for a long time.”
  • Abandoned by her mother at age 4
  • Wuornos's father, Dale Pittman, was convicted of sex crimes against children
  • Sexually abused by her grandfather and had sexual relations with her brother
  • As a child, she was forced out of her home and lived in the woods
Portrait of Richard Ramirez

Richard Ramirez

Serial Killer convicted of 13 murders, not including the murder of a 9-year-old girl.

“I gave up on love and happiness a long time ago.”
  • His father would tie him to a cross in a graveyard overnight as a form of punishment
  • As a child Ramirez would sleep at a local cemetery to avoid beatings
  • At age 12, his cousin would brag and share pictures of his own rape victims
  • At age 13, his cousin killed his wife right in front of him with no remorse

How to Help

To report child abuse or neglect, speak with a counselor, or learn about ways to help prevent it, visit childwelfare.gov or contact Childhelp® at 800.422.4453