Child Abuse

Abuse happens everywhere. It happens in your neighborhood. Child abuse knows no barriers—not race, religion, income

At SafeSpot, nearly half of all victims are Caucasian (46%), over one-third (36%) are Hispanic, over one-tenth are African American (11%).  Asians (6%) and other races (1%) are also represented.

Facts about Child Abuse

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men report having been sexually abused as children.
  • Most abused children are abused by people they know, love, and trust.
  • A history of sexual abuse is associated with an increased risk of a lifetime diagnosis of multiple psychiatric, psychological, and physiological disorders.
  • Child abuse is associated with long-term elevated health care use and costs, particularly for women who suffer both physical and sexual abuse.

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The Financial Burden of Child Abuse

  • Compared with other health problems, the financial burden of child maltreatment is substantial, indicating the importance of prevention efforts to address the high prevalence of child maltreatment.
  • The total lifetime economic burden resulting from new cases of fatal and nonfatal child maltreatment in the United States in 2008 is approximately $124 billion.
  • In sensitivity analysis, the total burden is estimated to be as large as $585 billion.