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Child Abuse Awareness Month Observed in April

It’s estimated that at least 1 in 7 children in the US has experienced child abuse and/or neglect in the past year.

Neglect is the most common form of child abuse, followed by physical abuse, sexual abuse, and psychological abuse.

In 2018, about 16% of children who were abused experienced more than one kind of maltreatment.

Boys and girls experience similar rates of childhood abuse (48.6% and 51% respectively).

Rates of child abuse and neglect are 5 times higher for children in families with low socio-economic status compared to children in families with higher socio-economic status.

Children younger than one year old are the most vulnerable to maltreatment, accounting for almost half of child fatalities from abuse in 2018.

In 2018, 76% of child abuse perpetrators were a parent to their victim.

In 2018, 62% of children placed in foster care were removed from their homes due to abusive neglect, totalling over 160,000 children.

Children who experienced any form of violence in childhood have a 13% greater likelihood of not graduating from high school.

Adult survivors of childhood abuse are more likely to experience mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.

Adult survivors of childhood abuse are more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors like smoking, alcohol and drug use, and unsafe sex. They’re also more likely to report overall lower health than those who haven’t experienced childhood abuse.

National Hotlines

Child Abuse: 1-800-422-4453

Domestic Violence: 1-800-799−7233

Sexual Assault:  1-800-656-4673

Crisis Text Line:  text DS to 741741

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