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Child Abuse Facts

  • A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.
  • Almost five children die every day as a result of child abuse. Approximately 80% are under the age of 1.
  • 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.
  • The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2007 was $104 billion.
  • One-third to two-thirds of child maltreatment cases involve substance use to some degree.

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