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When the Facts of Abused Children Finally Come to Light:

When the Facts of Abused Children Finally Come to Light

General Statistics:

General Statistics A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. Almost five children die everyday as a result of child abuse. More than three out of four are under the age of 4. It is estimated that between 60-85% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates. 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way; 68% are abused by family members. Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines , within all religions and at all levels of education. 31% percent of women in prison in the United States were abused as children . Over 60% of people in drug rehabilitation centers report being abused or neglected as a child. About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children , continuing the horrible cycle of abuse. About 80% of 21 year old that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder. The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2007 is$104 billion.

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Types of Child Abuse Neglect Physical Abuse Sexual Abuse Medical Neglect Other Psychological Maltreatment

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The biggest myth about child abuse is that the dangers to children come from strangers. In most cases, the perpetrator is someone the parent or child knows, and is often trusted by the child and/or family.

Child Abuse Consequences:

Child Abuse Consequences Abused teens are 3 times less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at greater risk for STDs. Abused children are 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy.

Child Abuse and Criminal Behavior:

Child Abuse and Criminal Behavior 14% of all men in prison in the USA were abused as children 36% of all women in prison were abused as children Children who experience child abuse & neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violent crime.

Child Abuse and Substance Addictions:

Child Abuse and Substance Addictions Children who have been sexually abused are 2.5 times more likely to abuse alcohol Children who have been sexually abused are 3.8 times more likely develop drug addictions Nearly two-thirds of the people in treatment for drug abuse reported being abused as children

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