• Did You Know?

    • The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations when it comes to child abuse-related deaths.

    • 1 in 10 children will suffer some form of child abuse before their 18th birthday. So in a class of 30 children, 3 of them will be victims of abuse.

    • Every day we lose an average of 4 to 7 children to maltreatment and abuse.

    • 85-90% of abused children are abused by someone already known to the family (not strangers).

    • Child Abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, within all religions, and at all levels of education. No group is immune!

    • About 30% of abused children grow up and abuse their own children.

    • A report about child abuse is made every 10 seconds.

    • About 80% of the children who die from abuse are under the age of 4.

    • The average child molester usually has a hundred or more victims before they are caught.

    In 2021, the state of Texas….

    • Had 68,018 confirmed child abuse cases and in 61% of the cases, it was the parent or significant other.* Texas has the highest number of confirmed child abuse cases in the nation.

    • 199 children died as a result of child abuse

    • 98% of the children knew their abuser

    • Region 8 (San Antonio and the surrounding counties) had the 3rd highest number of confirmed child abuse cases in the state

    • 65% of the confirmed child abuse/neglect victims were under the age of twelve.

    • More than 65% of abused/neglected children are female.

    • 569 children were victims of sex trafficking.

    • There was an increase in the number of youth suicides over the previous year.

    An article in the Military Times reported that there was a rise in child abuse cases in the military....

    • The Army reported a 40% increase in child abuse cases from 2010 through 2012, including 118 in which children were killed.

    • The Air Force reported a 25% increase in child abuse cases from 2008 through 2012, including 16 in which children were killed.

    • The Marine Corps reported 1,591 cases between 2011 and 2012, including 6 deaths.

    • The Navy reported 3,336 cases from 2009 through 2012, including 42 in which children were killed.

     

    *Information obtained from the
    https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/About_DFPS/Reports_and_Presentations/PEI/documents/2022/2022-03-01_Child_Maltreatment_Fatalities_and_Near_Fatalities_Annual_Report.pdf
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