Child Abuse in America

  • Over 693,174 confirmed reports of child abuse & neglect yearly
  • Nearly 5 (up from 4 in 2007) children die everyday from abuse & neglect
  • In 2011, an estimated 1,570 children died from abuse and neglect in the U.S.
  • Children ages birth to 3 years had the highest rates of victimization for abuse and neglect
  • Over 75% suffered neglect; more than 15% suffered physical abuse; and just under 10% suffered sexual abuse
  • One or both parents were involved in 78.9% of child abuse or neglect fatalities
  • Cost society $103.8 billion in 2010 (Pew Charitable Trust)
  • 40% of all births to unmarried women, 23% of which to teens

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Impacts on Children

  • Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to batter their female partners as adults than boys raised in nonviolent homes.
  • Children in homes where domestic violence occurs are physically abused or seriously neglected at a rate 1500% higher than the national average in the general population.
  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted prior to their 18th birthday (CDC statistic).
  • 60% of teen pregnancies are preceded by an incident of child sexual abuse.
  • 80% of children who are sexually abused don’t disclose (until reaching adulthood)

Child Deprivation in Georgia

  • 33 children are the victims of confirmed abuse or neglect every day
  • On any given day, 7,400 children are in the foster care system
  • Georgia’s ranking for child well-being fell six spots to 43rd in the nation (2013 Kids Count Data Book)
  • Worsened: Children in poverty, Children whose parents lack secure employment, Low-birth weight babies, Children in single-parent families, Children living in high-poverty areas
  • The Health domain suffered the biggest setback, dropping ten spots to 40th in the nation.
  • Georgia had 67,859 reports of child abuse and neglect were made to Departments of Family and Children Services, with 36,468 substantiated incidents of abuse/neglect or diversions to Family Support services.
  • 13,498 children came through the foster care system during state fiscal year 2012.
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