Child Abuse Related Incidents and Deaths More Than Doubled in Twenty Years

Why have these statistics risen?

In the early 1990s, I reported that child abuse related incidents and deaths were on the rise. The U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect had declared a “national emergency” in August 1990. That year alone, there were more than 1200 child fatalities related to abuse in the United States. Twenty years later, that number has more than doubled. There are nearly five deaths per day due to child abuse and neglect.

Child abuse doesn’t always mean that a child has to have apparent physical injuries – neglect, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse are all different aspects of child abuse. The numbers generally increase during the holiday season, and the numbers of neglect cases rise during the summer.

There are several different characteristics children may exhibit from various types of abuse and other statistics that can be seen here:

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD

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