Child Abuse Information

Child Abuse Facts

  • More than 800,000 children are confirmed as victims of abuse or neglect each year in the U.S.
  • Neglect is the most common form of child maltreatment, followed by physical abuse.
  • Younger children (ages 0-6) are the most vulnerable to abuse.
  • One in three girls and one in five boys will be sexually assaulted before they reach the age of 18.
  • Perpetrators often consist of family members, friends, and acquaintances. 95% of all victims know their perpetrators.
  • There are a large percentage of children who do not disclose abuse until adulthood, if ever at all.
  • Some consequences of child sexual abuse include fear, loneliness, self-blame, poor self-esteem, anger, and mental health issues.
  • Disclosure of child sexual abuse is a process. It is estimated that only one in ten child victims disclose abuse.

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