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  1. Approximately 5 children die every day because of child abuse.
  2. 1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys will be sexually abused before they reach age 18.
  3. 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way. 68% are abused by a family member.
  4. In 2012, 82.2% of child abuse perpetrators were found to be between the ages of 18-44, of which 39.6% were recorded to be between the ages of 25-34.
  5. In the United States, more than 4 children die from child abuse and neglect on a daily basis. Over 70% of these children are below the age of 3.

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  1. Boys (48.5%) and girls (51.2%) become victims at nearly the same rate.
  2. 2.9 million cases of child abuse are reported every year in the United States.
  3. Children who experience child abuse and 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 violence crime.
  4. About 80% of 21-year-olds who were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
  5. 14% of all men and 36% of all women in prison were abused as children.
  6. Abused children are less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at greater risk for STDs. They’re also 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy.

Sources

  • 1

    ChildHelp. "Child Abuse Statistics and Facts." ChildHelp. Accessed March 3, 2015. .

  • 2

    The Advocacy Center. "The Facts About Youth Sexual Abuse." Accessed February 21, 2014, http://www.theadvocacycenter.org/adv_abuse.html.

  • 3

    U.S. Department of Justice. "Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement: Victim, Incident, and Offender Characteristics." Bureau of Justice Statics. Accessed February 21, 2014, http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/saycrle.pdf.

  • 4

    Safe Horizon. "Child Abuse Facts." Accessed March 3, 2015. .

  • 5

    Safe Horizon. "Child Abuse & Incest." Accessed March 1, 2015. .

  • 6

    Safe Horizon. "Child Abuse Facts." Accessed March 1, 2015. .

  • 7

    Safe Horizon. "Child Abuse Facts." Accessed March 3, 2015. .

  • 8

    Safe Horizon. "Child Abuse Facts." Accessed March 3, 2015. .

  • 9

    Silverman, Amy B., Helen Z. Reinherz, and Rose M. Giaconia. "The Long-term Sequelae Of Child And Adolescent Abuse: A Longitudinal Community Study." Child Abuse & Neglect 20, no. 8 (1996): 709-723. .

  • 10

    U.S. Department of Justice. "Prior Abuse Reported by Inmates and Probationers." Bureau of Justice Statistics. Accessed February 21, 2014, http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/parip.pdf.

  • 11

    Sauer Children's Renew Foundation. "Facts about Child Abuse and Neglect." Accessed March 3, 2015. .

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