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Thursday Thirteen~Child Abuse Awareness

Posted on: April 9, 2008

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month so below are listed 13 facts and statistics about Child Abuse.

1. An estimated 906,000 children are victims of abuse & neglect every year. The rate of victimization is 12.3 children per 1,000 children.

2. Children ages 0-3 are the most likely to experience abuse. About 1 in 50 U.S. infants are victims of nonfatal child abuse or neglect in a year, according to the first national study of the problem in that age group done by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention along with The Federal Administration for Children and Families.

3. 1,500 children die every year from child abuse and neglect. That is just over 4 fatalities every day.

4. 79% of the children killed are younger than 4.

5. 80% of young adults who had been abused met the diagnostic criteria for at least 1 psychiatric disorder at the age of 21 (including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, & post-traumatic stress disorder)

6. There are nearly 3 million reports of child abuse made annually.

7. The rate of child abuse is estimated to be 3 times greater than is reported.

8. 14.4% of all men in prison in the USA were abused as children and 36.7% of all women in prison were abused as children.

9. Child abuse is reported-on average-every 10 seconds.

10. Child abuse occurs at every socio-economic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within ALL religions and all educational levels.

11. Children who have been sexually abused are 2.5 times more likely to abuse alcohol and 3.8 times more likely to become addicted to drugs.

12. One third of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the terrible cycle of abuse.

13. Abused teens are 3 times less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at greater risk for STDs.

**All statistics can be found at**

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