Failure to provide for a child’s physical needs. This includes lack of supervision, inappropriate housing or shelter, inadequate provision of food and water, inappropriate clothing for season or weather, abandonment, denial of medical care and inadequate hygiene.
Sexual Abuse Any sexual act between an adult and child. This includes fondling, penetration, intercourse, exploitation, pornography, exhibitionism, child prostitution, group sex, oral sex, or forced observation of sexual acts.
Physical Abuse Any non-accidental injury to a child. This includes hitting, kicking, slapping, shaking, burning, pinching, hair pulling, biting, choking, throwing, shoving, whipping, and paddling.
Over the past 10 years, more than 20,000 American children 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.
Psychological Abuse Any attitude or behavior which interferes with a child’s mental health or social development. This includes yelling, screaming, name-calling, shaming, negative comparisons to others, telling them they are “bad, no good, worthless” or “a mistake.” It also includes the failure to provide the affection and support necessary for the development of a child’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual well-being. This includes ignoring, lack of appropriate physical affection (hugs), not saying “I love you,” withdrawal of attention, lack of praise and lack of positive reinforcement.
9.2% 8.1% 78.3%
10.3% % .4
Medical Neglect Other
General Abuse Statistics • A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds • More than five children die every day as a result of child abuse.2 • 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 Consequnces • 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.
Child Abuse & Criminal Bahvior
• Abused children are 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy.
• 14% of all men in prison in the USA were abused as children.
• Abused teens are less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at greater risk for STDs.
• 36% of all women in prison were abused as children. • Children who experience child abuse & neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violent crime.
Child Abuse & Substance abuse • One-third to two-thirds of child maltreatment cases involve substance use to some degree. • Children whose parents abuse alcohol and other drugs are 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.