Child Abuse in the USA

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Child Abuse in the USA

More Common Than You Think

The facts speak for themselves…

  • 3 million reports of child abuse are made annually in the US
  • 5 children, in the US, die every day due to child abuse
  • The US has the worst record of any industrialized nation
  • A child abuse report is made every ten seconds
  • An estimated 50-60% of child fatalities due to abuse are not recorded as such
  • About 80% of child abuse fatalities are children under age 4
  • Approximately ⅔of those in treatment for substance abuse report having been abused as children

Sex Trafficking

  • 1000% increase in complaints of child prostitution from 2004 to 2008
  • 300,000 youth in the United States were at risk of being sexually exploited for commercial use in 2009
  • As of June 2013, CyberTipline has received more than 1.9 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation since it was launched in 1998
  • 2013: The FBI launched a 72-hour operation to rescued children and teens from sex trafficking.   105 children were rescued. Most were between ages 13-17.   The youngest victim was 9 years old

Internet safety

  • 93% percent of teens ages 12 to 17 go online
  • 80% of parents with teens are concerned about how their child interacts online with people they do not know
  • 53% of parents are “very”concerned
  • 75% of victims in Internet-initiated sex crimes are girls. Boys who are gay or questioning their sexuality are also at particular risk
  • 5% of Internet users ages 10 to 17 talk online to unknown people about sex
  • 39% of online child molesters possess child pornography
  • 27% of incidents involved solicitors asking children for sexual photographs of themselves
  • 1/25 children ages 10 to 17 received an online sexual solicitation where the solicitor tried to make offline contact

Signs of Abuse

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Lack of hygiene or personal care
  • Behavioral changes
  • Inappropriate sexual behaviors
  • Fear of home
  • Changes in academic performance
  • Be vigilant and look for the signs of abuse in children you know.

References

  1. http://www.missingkids.com/KeyFacts
  2. http://www.childhelp-usa.net/pages/statistics
  3. http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41878.pdf
  4. http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/pdf/Am%20Psy%202-08.pdf
  5. http://www.crisisaid.org/ICAPDF/Trafficking/traffickstats.pdf
  6. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Teens-and-Privacy.aspx
  7. http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/slavery-america-undeniable-truth/story?id=5330502
  8. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/28415693/ns/us_news-life/t/child-slavery-now-bei
  9. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/29/fbi-rescues-at-least-105-child-prostitutes-in-nationwide-undercover-operation/
  10. http://www.womensfundingnetwork.org/resource/past-articles/enslaved-in-america-sex-trafficking-in-the-united-states
  11. http://www.safehorizon.org/index/what-we-do-2/child-abuse–incest-55/10-signs-of-child-abuse–neglect-305.html

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