Child Abuse & Incest: Statistics and Facts
Child abuse (also called child maltreatment) is any physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or other act involving a child with intent to harm the child. Child abuse can take the form of physical abuse, emotional or mental abuse, sexual assault, or neglect.
- More than four children die every day in the United States as a result of child abuse and neglect.
- Over 70% of children who die because of abuse and neglect are younger than three years old.
- Most child victims of abuse or neglect suffer at the hands of someone they know.
Child abuse and neglect can create a lifetime of harmful effects on its victims. Studies show that child abuse and neglect can negatively impact children’s ability to perform well in school, to develop healthy relationships with others, and create social issues with consequences that impact an entire community. Get more Child Abuse Statistics and Facts here.
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The impact of child abuse is devastating for individuals, families, and communities. Abused children are more likely to experience negative educational, health, and behavioral outcomes and have greater difficulty leading successful and productive lives as adults.
Abused children have a 25% greater risk of experiencing low academic achievement and are more likely to be truant, drop out of school, and become teen parents.
Child abuse victims are at a greater risk for depression, substance abuse, and intimate partner violence.
Research has shown that 80% of 21-year-olds who reported child abuse met the criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
Behavioral Health and Crime
14% of all men and 36% of all women in prison were abused as children, about twice the frequency seen in the general population.
Children who experience child abuse are about nine times more likely to be involved in criminal activity.
For just one year of confirmed child maltreatment cases in the U.S., the cost is estimated to be $124 billion in lost worker productivity, health care costs, special education costs, and child welfare and criminal justice expenditures.