Few Facts on Child Abuse

  • 77 cases of child abuse are made each hour.1
  • 679,000 child victims of abuse and neglect found each year.1
    (At the rate of 9.1 victims per 1,000 children in the U.S.)
  • Four children approximately die every day as a result of child abuse.2
  • Per year 1,520 children die of abuse and neglect in the U.S. 1
    (2.04 children per 100,000 approximately die of abuse and neglect per year.)
  • Three-quarters (73.9%) of all child fatalities were younger than 3 years.1
  • Near about 50-60% of child fatalities due to maltreatment never got recorded as such on death certificates. 4
  • It is shocking that the highest rates of child abuse occur under the age of one (23.1 per 1,000 children).1
  • Approximately one-quarter (27.3%) of victims were under the age of 3 years. 1
  • Approximately 70% of children that are victims of child abuse are under the age of four.2
  • Above  90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator.5
  • It is shocking that child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.1
  • Approximately 80% of victims were neglected.1
  • Approximately 18% suffered physical abuse.1
  • Approximately 9% faced sexual abuse.1
  • Approximately 8.7% were psychologically maltreated.1


References & Sources:

[1]          http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/cm2013.pdf

[2]          http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/research-data-technology/statistics-research/child-maltreatment

[4]          http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/fatality.pdf

[5]          http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/saycrle.pdf

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