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In 2014, AN ESTIMATED 702,000 CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES WERE DETERMINED TO BE VICTIMS OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT

  • 75% of the victims suffered abuse in the form of neglect

  • 17% of the victims were physically abused; 60% of the victims were boys; 40% of the victims were girls.

  • 8.3% of the victims were sexually abused

  • 27.4% of the victims were younger than 3 years old

  • 44% of the victims were White

  • 22.7 of the victims were Hispanic

  • 21.4% of the victims were African-American

  • 48.8% of the perpetrators were White

  • 20% of the perpetrators were African-American

  • 19.8% of the perpetrators were Hispanic

  • 44.8 of the victims were abused by a male perpetrator

  • 54.1% of the victims were abused by a female perpetrator

  • 20.5% of the victims were abused by their father

  • 40.7% of the victims were abused by their mother

 

In 2014, an estimated 1,580 children died from abuse and neglect

  • 58.3% of the victims were boys

  • 40.9% of the victims were girls

  • 43% of the victims were White

  • 30.3% of the victims were African-American

  • 15.1% of the victims were Hispanic

  • 70.7% of all child fatalities were younger than 3 years old

  • 79.3% of child fatalities involved at least one parent

  • 15% of child fatalities were committed by their father

  • 28% of child fatalities were committed by their mother

 

In 2014, the Children's Advocacy Centers in Florida served over 34,000 children who were victims of child abuse or neglect.

  • 59% of the victims were female and 41% were male

  • 40% of the victims were between the ages of 0 and 6

  • 37% of the victims suffered from sexual abuse; 31% from physical abuse; and 14% suffered from neglect

  • The children received 58,077 therapy services; 17,297 crisis intervention services; 13,237 medical evaluations; and 21,872 forensic/specialized interviews.

DID YOU KNOW ...

  • Every 8 minutes, a child is sexually assaulted.
  • Approximately 5 children die every day as a result of child abuse.
  • 1 in 10 boys and girls will be sexually abused before they reach the age of 18.
  • Abused children are 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy.
  • About 30% of abused and neglected children will go on to abuse and neglect their children, continuing the vicious cycle of abuse!
  • Every 10 seconds, one report of child abuse is made in the US.
  • Over the past 10 years, more than 20,000 children in the United States are believed to have been killed in their own homes by family members. That is nearly four times the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • In 2014, boys had a higher child mortality rate than girls as a result of child abuse.
  • Neglect is the most common form of maltreatment.
  • About 4 out of 5 abusers are the victim’s parents.
  • About 14% of all men in prison and 36% of all women in prison in the United States were abused as children.

 

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.

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