Child Abuse

By: Mara Danner & Emily Zambrowicz

Myths About Child Abuse

Myth #1: It's only abuse if it's violent.

Fact: Subtle ways of abuse are just as harmful as physical.

Myth #2: Only bad people abuse their children.

Fact: Many abusers were once abused by their own parents and aren't aware of "good parenting".

Myth #3: Child abuse doesn't happen in "good" families.

Fact: Child abuse crosses all racial, economic, and cultural lines.

Myth #4: Most child abusers are strangers.

Fact: Majority of child abuse are caused by family members.

Myth #5: Abused children always grow up to be abusers.

Fact: The children that were abused, are usually the ones to prevent it due to their past.

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Facts About Child Abuse

  • A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds
  • More than five children die every day as a result of child abuse.
  • Approximately 80% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4.
  • It is estimated that between 50-60% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates.
  • More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way.
  • Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.
  • About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.
  • About 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
  • The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2008 is $124 billion.

Protective Factors

  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete supports for parents


  • Public Awareness
  • Skills-Based Curricula
  • Parent Education
  • Parent Support Groups
  • Home Visitation
  • Respite & Crisis Care Programs
  • Family Resource Centers


  • Fine
  • Custody Removal
  • Counseling
  • Imprisioned
  • Taken to Court
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