In 2012, an estimated 678,810 children in the United States were determined to be victims of abuse or neglect.
- 12.8% of the victims were less than one year old;
- 33.6% of the victims were less than 4 years old;
- 51.1% of the victims were girls and 48.6% were boys;
- 61.4% of the victims suffered from neglect; 14.4% suffered from physical abuse; 7.3% suffered from sexual abuse and 6.7% were psychologically mistreated;
- 44% of the victims of child abuse were White; 21% were African-American and 22.8% were Hispanic;
- An estimated 1,593 children died due to child abuse or neglect; and
- 77% of the children who died were less than 4 years old.
About 1 in 7 girls and 1 in 25 boys will be sexually abused before they reach the age of 18.
Perpetrators often consist of family members, friends, and acquaintances
- 94% of all victims know their perpetrators;
- 27% of the victims were maltreated by the mother;
- 17.1% of the victims were maltreated by the father;
- 21% of the victims were maltreated by both parents; and
- 14.3% of the victims were maltreated by a non-parent.
In Florida alone, it is estimated that in 2010 there were about 51,920 children who were victims of child abuse or neglect.
- 13% of the victims were less than one year old;
- 38% of the victims were less than four years old;
- 55% of the victims suffered from neglect; 10.3% suffered from physical abuse and 4.6% suffered from sexual abuse;
- 47.2% of the victims of child abuse were White; 29.4% were African-American; and 17.2% were Hispanic;
- 74% of the victims were maltreated by their parents; and
- 133 children died as a result of child abuse and neglect.
Source: Child Maltreatment 2012, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau.
There are a large percentage of children who do not disclose abuse until adulthood, if ever. Recent studies suggest that 39% of physical abuse and 10% to 33% of sexual abuse victims never disclose their abuse. When they do disclose, the studies show that most child sexual abuse victims only disclose to a friend of their own age and only about 8% of sexual abuse victims disclose the abuse to professionals.
Some consequences of child sexual abuse include fear, loneliness, self-blame, poor self-esteem, anger, and mental health issues.
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