Statistics

Child Abuse Statistics In America

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) puts out a yearly report with statistics from the previous year for all 50 states. Currently, most of the statistics are for 2010.
Here is a link to their Child Maltreatment 2010.

Daily, there are 5+ deaths each day due to child abuse and neglect.

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), (42 U.S.C. §5101), as amended by the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010, retained the existing definition of child abuse and neglect as, at a minimum:
Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or an act or failure to act, which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.
Victim Demographics

Types of Abuse

Birth to 1 year had the highest rate of victimization at 20.6 per 1,000
1. More than 75 percent (78.3%) suffered neglect

2. More than 15 percent (17.6%) suffered physical abuse

3. Less than 10 percent (9.2%) suffered sexual abuse

Boys accounted for 48.5% and girls accounted for 51.2%.
88% percent of victims were of three races African-American(21.9%), Hispanic (21.4%), and White (44.8%).
How many children Die Due To Abuse
The overall rate of child fatalities was 2.07 deaths per 100,000 children.
Nearly 80 percent (79.4%) of all child fatalities were younger than 4 years old.
Boys had a higher child fatality rate than girls at 2.51 boys per 100,000 boys in the population. Girls died of abuse and neglect at a rate of 1.73 per 100,000 girls in the population.
More than 30 percent (32.6%) of child fatalities were attributed exclusively to neglect.
More than 40 percent (40.8%) of child fatalities were caused by multiple maltreatment types.