Much too often, we see evidence everyday that somewhere; someone is committing the most unspeakable act. Here are 11 facts about child abuse that you probably didn’t know, but the great thing about knowing this information, is that we can do something about it.
1. Approximately 5 children die every day because of child abuse.
2. 1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys will be sexually abused before they reach age 18.
3. 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way. 68% are abused by a family member.
4. Most children become victims of abuse and neglect at 18 months or younger.
5. In 2010, 1,537 children died of abuse or neglect. 79.4% were under the age of 4 and 47.7% were under the age of 1.
6. Boys (48.5%) and girls (51.2%) become victims at nearly the same rate.
7. 3.6 million cases of child abuse are reported every year in the U.S.
8. Abused and neglected children are 11 times more likely to engage in criminal behavior as an adult.
9. About 80% of 21-year-olds who were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
10. 14% of all men and 36% of all women in prison were abused as children.
11. Abused children are less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at greater risk for STDs. They’re also 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy.