Child Abuse Awareness Month

Since 1983, April has been Child Abuse Awareness Month. Let’s take a look at some astonishing statistics, ways to help and prevent child abuse
Child abuse and neglect is defined by the Child Welfare Information Gateway as “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.”
During the month of April, we, as a community, should dedicate ourselves to becoming an active role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, as well as, promoting child and family well- being. (*)
The statistics for the abuse is astonishing at the least, check out these statistics provided by the American SPCC (American Society for the Positive Care of Children) (*)


  • 4 million child maltreatment referral reports received.
  • Child abuse reports involved 7.2 million children.
  • 3.4 million children received prevention & post-response services.
  • 207,000 children received foster care services.
  • 75.3% of victims are neglected.
  • 17.2% of victims are physically abused.
  • 8.4% of victims are sexually abused.
  • 6.9% of victims are psychologically maltreated.
  • Highest rate of child abuse in children under one (24.2% per 1,000).
  • Over one-quarter (27.%) of victims are younger than 3 years.
  • Annual estimate: 1,670 to 1740 children died from abuse and neglect.
  • Almost five children die every day from child abuse.
  • 80% of child fatalities involve at least one parent.
  • 74.8% of child fatalities are under the age of 3.
  • 72.9% of the child abuse victims die from neglect.
  • 43.9% of the child abuse victims die from physical abuse.
  • 49.4% of children who die from child abuse are under one year.
  • Almost 60,000 children are sexually abused.
  • More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator.
  • Estimated that between 50-60% of maltreatment fatalities are not recorded on death certificates.
  • Child abuse crosses all socioeconomic and educational levels, religions, ethnic and cultural groups.

The statistics don’t stop at that:
~Children who have been abused are more likely to become involved in criminal activity
~Experience teen pregnancy
~Have higher chance of at least one psychological disorder
~Abuse their own children
and the cycle of abuse will continue
~Cost of child abuse, in the US is estimated at $585 BILLION

The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average almost five children every day to child abuse and neglect!


What can you do?
Be a nurturing parent: Children are special, let them know they are loved, special and capable
Help a friend: Offer to help out a friend or family member by taking the children for some time. Parents can regroup and deescalate.
Help yourself: Take time for yourself or a time out. Life can be overwhelming.
Volunteer at a child abuse prevention center: 1.800.CHILDREN
Report suspected abuse or neglect
The national hotline is available 24/7 at
(1-800) 4-A-Child or (1-800) 422-4453

Be the change

More resources:

Prevent Child Abuse
2018 Prevention Resource Guide
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Help
American SPCC
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