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Abuse Statistics

Did you Know?
Fatalities

* Each day in the United States, more than 3 children die as a result of child abuse in the home.
* Most of the children who die are younger than six years of age.
* Of these fatalities, 85 percent were under the age of six; 44 percent of the children were under the age of one.
* More children (age four and younger) die from child abuse and neglect than any other single, leading cause of death for infants and young children.
* This includes falls, choking on food, suffocation, drowning, residential fires, and motor vehicle accidents.

Sexual Assualt on Children

* 1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before the age of 14.
* 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before the age of 16.
* Only 1 in 10 children tell of their abuses.
* Convicted rape and sexual assault offenders serving time in state prisons report that two-thirds of their victims were under the age of 18.
* One of every seven victims of sexual assault reported to law enforcement agencies were under age six.
* Among rape victims less than 12 years of age, 90% of the children knew the offender, according to police-recorded incident data.
* Frequently, the person who sexually molests a child is also a child.
* 40% of the offenders who sexually assaulted children under age 6 were juveniles (under the age of 18)

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