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ABUSE: Overview


Neglect  -  Physical Abuse  -  Sexual Abuse  -  Emotional Abuse

Teen Dating Violence - Teen Violence

Abuse Help & Support  -  Emotional Health  -  What Makes a Family Strong?

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The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) defines child abuse and neglect as:


at a minimum, any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.


For CAPTA, the term child is someone who has not reached the age of 18; or (except in the case of sexual abuse) the age specified by the child protection law of the state in which the child resides.




Within the minimum standards set by CAPTA, each state is responsible for providing its own definitions of child abuse and neglect.


Most states recognize four major types of maltreatment: neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse.  Although any of the forms of child maltreatment may be found separately, they often occur in combination.

  • In 2009 over 1,100 children died from abuse or neglect, of these 77% were three or younger.

  • During 2010, more than 772,000 children were victims of abuse or neglect.

  • Newborns to 1.5 years of age had the highest rate of victimization at 21.7 per 1,000 children of the same age group of the national population.

  • More than half the victims, 51.3%, were girls, 48.3% were boys and almost half of all victims were whites (45.1%), 16.6% were African American, and 20.8% Latino.

  • Over 70% of victims experienced neglect.

  • 16.1% of the victims suffered physical abuse.

  • 9.1% of the victims suffered sexual abuse.

  • 1 in 5 children received a sexual approach over the Internet.

  • 20% of the entire industry of pornography includes minors.

  • Only 35% of cases of child sexual exploitation is reported.

  • Over 300 million children worldwide are subjected to some kind of dangerous physical labor, commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children.

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Information provided by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, UNICEF, The Children’s Bureau in the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



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More Information on Abuse


Animal Cruelty and the Abuse Connection ~ The link between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence.


Child Abuse and Neglect ~ Understanding the reasons why adults hurt children and what can be done to intervene can help protect children from the consequences of abuse or neglect.


Child Abuse: Statistics, Research, and Resources ~ Dr. Jim Hopper's comprehensive page on the prevalence and significance of child abuse.


Children's Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey (pdf) ~ Children are exposed to violence every day in their homes, schools, and communities. They may be struck by a boyfriend, bullied by a classmate, or abused by an adult. They may witness an assault on a parent or a shooting on the street. Such exposure can cause significant physical, mental, and emotional harm with long-term effects that can last well into adulthood.


Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect ~ State-by-State information on the conduct, acts, and omissions that constitute reportable child abuse or neglect.


Mothers and Children: Understanding the Links Between Woman Battering and Child Abuse ~ The studies reviewed here suggest that in 32% to 53% of all families where women are being beaten their children are also the victims of abuse by the same perpetrator.  Children who witness domestic violence also suffer social and mental health problems as a result.


The Political Consequences of Child Abuse ~ Alice Miller tells us that people subjected to mistreatment in childhood may go on insisting all their lives that beatings are harmless and corporal punishment is salutary although there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary.


Recognizing and identifying patterns caused by abuse ~The process of moving beyond your abuse involves an exchange.  You will need to exchange the lies that abuse taught you about yourself, the world and God, for truth.


Teen Victims Statistics - From the National Center for Victims of Crime.


Violence Against Children Worldwide ~ In every region of the world, in almost every aspect of their lives, children are subject to unconscionable violence, most often perpetrated by the very individuals charged with their safety and well-being.


What Are YOU Going to Do About Child Abuse ~ The hard, cold truth is that the protection of children has never been a political priority.




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