Child Abuse

How it effects the family.

Child Abuse means: Mistreatment of a child by a parent or guardian, including neglect, beating, and sexual molestation.

Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children.The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect.


  • Child abuse occurs at every social level, across all culturals, within all religions and at all levels of education.
  • General statistics


  • A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.
  • More than four children die every day as a result of child abuse.
  • It is estimated that between 50-60% of childrens deaths are due to bad treatment are not recorded as such on death certificates.
  • Approximately 70% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4.
  • More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way.
  • Facts

  • About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.
  • Child abuse and criminal behavior

  • 14% of all men in prison and 36% of women in prison in the USA were abused as children, about twice the frequency seen in the general population.
  • Children who experience child abuse & neglect are about 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity.

  • Child abuse consiquenses

  • Abused children are 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy.
  • Abused teens are more likely to engage in sexual risk taking, putting them at greater risk for STDs.
  • In one study, children whose parents abuse alcohol and other drugs were three times more likely to be abused and more than four times more likely to be neglected than children from non-abusing families.
  • As many as two-thirds of the people in treatment for drug abuse reported being abused or neglected as children.
  • More than a third of adolescents with a report of abuse or neglect will have a substance use disorder before their 18th birthday, three times as likely as those without a report of abuse or neglect.
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