Child abuse does not discriminate based on gender, social standing, ethnicity, or religion. The child abuse statistics gathered on Ark of Hope for Children's site bring a sobering reality to the plight of victimized children. International child abuse statistics are difficult to come by due to the difficulty in keeping track of numbers even in "financially sound" countries. Many countries keep no or inadequate records.
International Statistics on Child Abuse
40 million children subjected to abuse each year.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents worldwide.
30% of severely disabled children in special homes in the Ukraine die before 18 years of age.
Approximately 20% of women and 5–10% of men report being sexually abused as children, while 25–50% of all children report being physically abused.
Statistics indicate that 3 million young girls are subjected to genital mutilation every year.
U.S. Statistics on Child Abuse
The United States is much more capable of gathering and maintaining statistics of all types.
Acts considered to be physical abuse are punching, beating, kicking, biting, burning, breaking of bones, hair pulling, and shaking an infant. Bruises in areas that usually do not occur during normal play = cheeks, ears, mouth, buttocks, thighs, stomach, and back.
Neglect makes up for 78% of all cases of child abuse, and is greatly under-reported and often unnoticed by others who care for the child. Neglect includes inadequate nutrition, clothing and hygiene; medical neglect, being left unattended in a car, and abandonment.
Child rape occurs every two minutes
1 in 3 girls will be sexually molested before the age 17
1 in 6 boys will be sexually molested before the age 17 (1 in 5 in Canada)
A sex offender will molest an average of 120 victims, most of whom do not report it
90% of molesters abuse children they know
Oftentimes, a sexually abused child is abused in other ways
Overall U.S. child abuse statistics:
Every 10 seconds a child is abused or raped
3.3 million child abuse reports in 2010
For every report 2 more go unreported = many millions abused annually
61,000 reports to Child Protective services per week = 6 per minute
Of 1.5 million runaways 85% are fleeing some form of abuse
Only 10% of abusers do not know their abuser well
Abuse victims = about 48% male, 52% female
Every race and religion sees child abuse
The effects of UNTREATED child abuse:
38% increase arrest rate for violent crimes
84% of all prison inmates had been abused as a child
59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile
28% more likely to be arrested as an adult
30% more likely to commit violent crime
65%+ of people in treatment for drug abuse have been maltreated as a child
25% less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at a greater risk for STD's
82% CAN grow up to be pedophiles themselves
80% meet criteria for at least one psychological disorder as adults
Long-term consequences such as chronic illness due to untreated wounds
Child death and suicide related to abuse:
1,850 children die a year from some form of child abuse = 7+ children a day in the U.S. alone!
80% of the children that die each day are under the age of four
Estimated 60% of child deaths caused by child abuse are not recorded as such on death certificates