Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics

Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics

Child Abuse And Neglect Statistics

 

In 2012, an estimated 678,810 children in the United States were determined to be victims of abuse or neglect.

  • 12.8% of the victims were less than one year old;
  • 33.6% of the victims were less than 4 years old;
  • 51.1% of the victims were girls and 48.6% were boys;
  • 61.4% of the victims suffered from neglect; 14.4% suffered from physical abuse; 7.3% suffered from sexual abuse and 6.7% were psychologically mistreated;
  • 44% of the victims of child abuse were White; 21% were African-American and 22.8% were Hispanic;
  • An estimated 1,593 children died due to child abuse or neglect; and
  • 77% of the children who died were less than 4 years old.

About 1 in 7 girls and 1 in 25 boys will be  sexually abused before they reach the age of 18. 

 

Perpetrators often consist of  family members, friends, and acquaintances

  • 94% of all victims know their  perpetrators;
  • 27% of the victims were maltreated by the mother;
  • 17.1% of the victims were maltreated by the father;
  • 21% of the victims were maltreated by both parents; and
  • 14.3% of the victims were maltreated by a non-parent.

In Florida alone, it is estimated that in 2010 there were about 51,920 children who were victims of child abuse or neglect.

  • 13% of the victims were less than one year old;
  • 38% of the victims were less than four years old;
  • 55% of the victims suffered from neglect; 10.3% suffered from physical abuse and 4.6% suffered from sexual abuse;
  • 47.2% of the victims of child abuse were White; 29.4% were African-American; and 17.2% were Hispanic;
  • 74% of the victims were maltreated by their parents; and
  • 133 children died as a result of child abuse and neglect.

Source: Child Maltreatment 2012, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration  on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau. 
 

Disclosure of Child Abuse by Victim

There are a large percentage of  children who do not disclose abuse until adulthood, if ever. Recent studies suggest that 39% of physical abuse and 10% to 33% of sexual abuse victims never disclose their abuse.  When they do disclose, the studies show that most child sexual abuse victims only disclose to a friend of their own age and only about 8% of sexual abuse victims disclose the abuse to professionals.   

Some consequences of child  sexual abuse include fear, loneliness, self-blame, poor self-esteem, anger,  and mental health issues.  
 

Signs of Child Abuse

Learn the Signs of Child Abuse. To download a postcard on the Signs of Child Abuse, please click here.

For more information about child abuse, please click on our Resources tab or visit the One With Courage website.

 

 

 

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