Child Abuse facts

Child Abuse in America

    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 involving nearly 6 million children (a report can include multiple children). The United States has the worst record in the industrialized nation – losing five children every day due to abuse-related deaths.

  •     More than five children die every day as a result of child abuse.
  •     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.
  •     A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds
  •     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 olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
  •     The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2008 is $124 billion.
  • 14% of all men in prison in the USA were abused as children.
  • 36% of all women in prison were abused as children.
  •     Children who experience child abuse & neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violent crime.
  •     Abused children are 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy.
  •     Abused teens are less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at greater risk for STDs.
  •     One-third to two-thirds of child maltreatment cases involve substance use to some degree.
  •     Children whose parents abuse alcohol and other drugs are three times more likely to be abused and more than four times more likely to be neglected than children from non-abusing families.
  •     As many as two-thirds of the people in treatment for drug abuse reported being abused or neglected as children.

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    What are the statistics of the abused?

These numbers deal with the childhood sex abuse figures only. Imagine how bad they’d be if we added in the kids who experience violence, neglect and the emotional trauma that results from growing up in a severely dysfunctional family !!

Statistics only come from reporting, so we don’t have accurate, objective numbers. A lot of child sex abuse and violence is never known.

But based on the reports we have, it’s conservatively believed that in today’s society 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys WILL BE sexually molested before they are 18 years old — which means 1 in 5 of America’s youth, or fully 20% to 25% of the population !!

In addition, as we mentioned we’re concerned here at NAASCA with helping stop ALL kinds of child abuse, including sexual abuse, violence, emotional trauma and neglect, and the CDC believes that close to 50% of our youth will experience at least one of these .. at a cost of over 120 billion dollars a year !

Did you know:

There are over 39 million survivors of sexual abuse in America.

Somewhere between 2/3 and ninety percent of sexual abuse victims never tell !!!

293,000 children and youth are estimated to be at risk of exploitation.

100,000 are prostituted annually.

90% are abused by someone they know, love or trust.

20% of child sexual abuse victims are under the age of 8 .. most never tell, and some don’t recall the abuse.

More then 60% of pregnant teens have been sexually abused.

55% of girls living on the streets engage in prostitution.

20% of prostituted girls are transported across state lines for services.

The average age of entry for girls into prostitution is 12 to 14 years old.

One in 7 children who are regular Internet users receive sexual solicitations online.

1 in 3 is exposed to unwanted sexual material.

1 in 25 receives a request to meet someone in real life that they met online.

800,000 children are reported missing every year in the U.S. or 2,000 every day.

An estimated 200,000 are abducted by family members; 58,000 by non family members, the primary motive for which is sexual.

In the most serious cases, the child is abducted by a stranger and killed, held for ransom, or taken with the intention to keep.

     According to the Department of Justice, 74 percent of the children who were abducted and later found murdered were killed within three hours of being taken, a sign that every second counts.

In terms of violence:

3.3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes each year

1 in 5 teen girls and 1 in 10 teen boys are victims of dating violence

1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime

Children exposed to violence are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol; suffer from depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic disorders; fail or have difficulty in school; and become delinquent and engage in criminal behavior

Sixty percent of American children were exposed to violence, crime, or abuse in their homes, schools, and communities

Almost 40 percent of American children were direct victims of 2 or more violent acts, and 1 in 10 were victims of violence 5 or more times

Children are more likely to be exposed to violence and crime than adults

Almost 1 in 10 American children saw one family member assault another family member, and more than 25 percent had been exposed to family violence during their life

A child’s exposure to one type of violence increases the likelihood that the child will be exposed to other types of violence and exposed multiple times

The above statistics compliments of

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