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.
The time is long past for adults to take a stand for the children. We must be willing to throw ourselves in harm’s way to save them, but then to provide the long term care these victimized children and young adults need to recover and thrive. Ark of Hope for Children is dedicated to providing care as you can read on other pages on our site.
Statistics compiled by Ark of Hope for Children
International Statistics on Child Abuse40 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 hygene; medical neglect, being left unattended in a car, and abandonment.
Sexual Abuse:Child rape occurs every two minutes1 in 3 girls will be sexually molested before the age 171 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 it90% of molesters abuse children they knowOftentimes, a sexually abused child is abused in other waysOverall U.S. child abuse statistics:Every 10 seconds a child is abused or raped3.3 million child abuse reports in 2010For every report 2 more go unreported = many millions abused annually61,000 reports to Child Protective services per week = 6 per minuteOf 1.5 million runaways 85% are fleeing some form of abuseOnly 10% of abusers do not know their abuser wellAbuse victims = about 48% male, 52% femaleEvery race and religion sees child abuseThe effects of UNTREATED child abuse:38% increase arrest rate for violent crimes84% of all prison inmates had been abused as a child59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile28% more likely to be arrested as an adult30% more likely to commit violent crime65%+ of people in treatment for drug abuse have been maltreated as a child25% less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at a greater risk for STD’s82% CAN grow up to be pedophiles themselves80% meet criteria for at least one psychological disorder as adultsLong-term consequences such as chronic illness due to untreated woundsChild 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 fourTODAY 6 children will commit suicide due to child abuseEstimated 60% of child deaths caused by child abuse are not recorded as such on death certificates
Source: National and State Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics – www.childwelfare.gov
FBI Violent Crimes Against Children -www.fbi.gov
United States Department Of Justice -www.justice.gov
United Nations Office On Drugs And Crime – www.unodc.org