Child Abuse Statistics
Child predators are closer than we think.
In 2018, state authorities reported 546,365 perpetrators of child maltreatment.4 This is more than protecting children from strangers in an alleyway. 90% of child sexual abuse perpetrators are relatives.5
We aren’t just protecting children from adults in our organizations. What about teenage volunteers? Nearly a quarter of child abusers are under the age of 18.6
Children are victims of human trafficking.
Of the more than 26,500 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in 2020, one in six were likely victims of child sex trafficking. The average age of child sex trafficking victims reported missing to NCMEC is only 15 years old.10
In 2018, over half (51.6%) of the criminal human trafficking cases active in the US were sex trafficking cases involving only children.11
Traffickers use social media to recruit and advertise human trafficking.12
The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the US is 12 to 14 years old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.13
Child abuse affects behavioral health and crime.
14% of all men in prison and 36% of women in prison in the USA were abused as children, which is about twice the frequency seen in the general population.18
As many as two-thirds of the people in treatment for drug abuse reported being abused or neglected as children.19
Children who experience child abuse & neglect are about 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity.20
Let’s Stop Child Abuse Together.
With research-based child abuse prevention training courses and comprehensive reporting and tracking, you can take the first step to stop child abuse.
- Studies by David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center
- “2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report.” The Human Trafficking Institute
- “2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report.” The Human Trafficking Institute.
- Human Trafficking Within and Into The United States: A Review of the Literature.” Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. https://aspe.hhs.gov/report/human-trafficking-and-within-united-states-review-literature#Trafficking.