Child Abuse Prevention Platform

Child Abuse Statistics.

Child Abuse Statistics


Kids have rights.

Unfortunately, millions of kids have their basic human rights stolen from them by child predators.1

Child abuse is a growing epidemic that is only getting stronger.

Understanding the problem is the first step to stopping it.

According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that up to 1 billion children aged 2–17 years experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence or neglect globally in 2020.2

How bad is child abuse and neglect in the United States?

Nearly 700,000 children experience abuse and neglect in the United States every year.3

That would pack 10 modern football stadiums.




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




Child abuse is fatal.

It is critical that we learn how to protect our children from abusers and save their lives. A national estimate of 1,770 children die every year as a result of abuse and neglect — that’s about five children a day.7

More than 70% of the children who died as a result of child abuse or neglect were two years of age or younger. More than 80% were not yet old enough for kindergarten.8

Approximately 80% of child maltreatment fatalities involve at least one parent as perpetrator.9 





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


The impact of child abuse doesn’t end with childhood.


Adverse childhood experiences (ACES) have a tremendous, lifelong impact on our health and the quality of our lives. The ACES Study showed dramatic links between adverse childhood experiences and risky behavior, psychological issues, and serious illness.14

In one study, 80% of 21-year-olds who reported childhood abuse met the criteria for at least one psychological disorder.15

Individuals who reported six or more adverse childhood experiences had an average life expectancy two decades shorter than those who reported none.16

Ischemic heart disease (IHD), Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), liver disease and other health-related quality of life issues are tied to child abuse.17

Mental Health Disorders, Addictions, & Related Issues

  • Risk for intimate partner violence
  • Alcoholism and alcohol abuse
  • Illicit drug abuse
  • Smoking & drinking at an early age
  • Depression
  • Suicide attempts

Sexual & Reproductive Health Issues and Risk Factors

  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Unintended pregnancies
  • Early initiation of sexual activity
  • Adolescent pregnancy and Fetal death


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

Child abuse costs billions.

The lifetime cost of non-fatal child maltreatment incurred annually in the United States is $401 billion.21 Think about how else we could spend this money if child abuse was eliminated! 


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. 

Stop Abuse Today




  1. Studies by David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center
  6. “2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report.” The Human Trafficking Institute
  7. “2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report.” The Human Trafficking Institute.
  8. Human Trafficking Within and Into The United States: A Review of the Literature.” Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.
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