2009 NATIONAL ABUSE STATISTICS
- Approximately 702,000 children were victims of maltreatment (unique instances) in the United States during 2009.
- 44 states reported that more than 3 million children received preventative services from Child Protective Services agencies.
- Victims in the age group of birth to 1 year had the highest rate
of victimization, at 20.6 per 1,000 children of the same age group in
the national population.
- Of the children who experienced maltreatment or abuse, over 75%
experienced neglect; more than 15% were physically abused; just under
10% were sexually abused; and just under 10% were psychologically
- Nearly 90% of all recorded and duplicate perpetrators of child maltreatment were parents of the victim(s).
- Nearly five children die every day in America from abuse and neglect.
- In 2009, an estimated 1,770 children died from abuse in the United States.
- In the same year, Children’s Advocacy Centers, like the Warren Washington C.A.R.E. Center,
served over 254,000 child victims of abuse, providing victim advocacy
and support to these children and their families. In 2010, this number
was over 266,000.
- Locally, in Warren and Washington Counties approximately 3000 cases of child
abuse and maltreatment were reported in 2009.
- The Warren Washington C.A.R.E Center served 237 child victims of physical and sexual abuse in 2010.
Child victims of abuse suffer from
emotional and psychological problems
including low self-esteem, depression and
anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,
eating disorders, poor peer relationships,
attachment difficulties, and self injurious