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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.