Child abuse statistics

In the USA:

  • A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds.
  • Every year referrals to state child protective services involve 6.6 million children, and around 3.2 million of those children are subject to an investigated report.

And the impacts are devastating:

  • Between four and seven children die each day because of abuse and neglect.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention links adverse childhood experiences (which include other household dysfunctions along with abuse and neglect) with a range of long-term health impacts. Individuals who reported six or more adverse childhood experiences had an average life expectancy two decades shorter than those who reported none.
  • As many as two-thirds of the people in treatment for drug abuse reported being abused or neglected as children.
  • Fourteen percent of all men in prison and 36% of women in prison were abused as children.
  • For new cases in 2008 alone, lifetime estimates of lost worker productivity, health care costs, special education costs, child welfare expenditures and criminal justice expenditures added up to $124 billion.

The number of children MCAP serves is climbing – from 381 in 2015 to 654 in 2017. That’s a 72% increase. With the opioid crisis, insufficient medical, behavioral and financial supports for families, and the rise in child trafficking in the county, we expect this upward trend to continue.

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