If you think there isn’t much of a need for a blog about the victims of child abuse, think again. Here are some basic statistics, which sadly, make it clear that there is plenty to report about:
- A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.
- Almost five children die every day as a result of child abuse. More than three out of four are under the age of 4.
- It is estimated that between 60-85% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates.
- 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way; 68% are abused by family members.
- Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.
- 31% percent of women in prison in the United States were abused as children.
- Over 60% of people in drug rehabilitation centers report being abused or neglected as a child.
- About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.
And here’s one that’s so obvious, yet so shocking at the same time: About 70% of fatalities involved one or both of the parents.
A fatality resulting from a caretaker who was not a parent consisted of about 14%. The remaining 16% was inconclusive data or unknown.
The last graph is taken from here.