Statistics on Yearly Child neglect/Abuse/Assault

Worldwide, approximately 40 million children below the age of 15 are subjected to child abuse each year.

The statistics continue to hit high numbers:

  • Studies from many countries in all regions of the world suggest that up to 80 to 98 % of children suffer physical punishment in their homes, with a third or more experiencing severe punishment resulting from the use of implements.
  • From 2009-2013, Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that, 63,000 children a year were victims of sexual abuse.
  • 82% of all victims under 18 are female.
  • The effects of child sexual abuse can be long-lasting and affect the victim’s mental health. Victims are more likely than non-victims to experience the following mental health challenges:
    About 4 times more likely to develop symptoms of drug abuse
    About 4 times more likely to experience PTSD as adults
    About 3 times more likely to experience a major depressive episode as adults
  • Out of the yearly 63,000 sexual abuse cases substantiated, or found strong evidence, by Child Protective Services (CPS),6 the perpetrator was most often the parent:
  • 80% of perpetrators were a parent
  • 6% were other relative
  • 5% were “other” (from siblings to strangers)
  • 4% were unmarried partners of a parent
  • Out of the sexual abuse cases reported to CPS in 2013, 47,000 men and 5,000 women were the alleged perpetrators.
  • In 88% of the sexual abuse claims that CPS substantiates or finds supporting evidence of, the perpetrator is male. In 9% of cases they are female, and 3% are unknown.

Graphic demonstrating that out of 1000 rapes, 994 perpetrators will walk free. Out of every 1,000 rapes, 310 are reported to the police, 57 reports lead to arrest, 13 cases get referred to prosecutors, 7 cases will lead to a felony conviction, 6 rapists will be incarcerated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Only 310 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to police. That means about 2 out of 3 go unreported.
  • Individuals of college-age2
  • Female Students: 20% report
  • Female Non-Students: 32% report
  • The elderly: 28% report3
  • Members of the military: 43% of female victims and 10% of male victims reported.

Reasons Victims Choose Not to Report

  • Of the sexual violence crimes reported to police from 2005-2010, the survivor reporting gave the following reasons for doing so.
  • 28% to protect the household or victim from further crimes by the offender
  • 25% to stop the incident or prevent recurrence or escalation
  • 21% to improve police surveillance or they believed they had a duty to do so
  • 17% to catch/punish/prevent offender from reoffending
  • 6% gave a different answer, or declined to cite one reason
  • 3% did so to get help or recover loss
  • Of the sexual violence crimes not reported to police from 2005-2010, the victim gave the following reasons for not reporting
  • 20% feared retaliation
  • 13% believed the police would not do anything to help
  • 13% believed it was a personal matter
  • 8% reported to a different official
  • 8% believed it was not important enough to report
  • 7% did not want to get the perpetrator in trouble
  • 2% believed the police could not do anything to help
  • 30% gave another reason, or did not cite one reason

For more statistics visit:

https://www.rainn.org/statistics/criminal-justice-system

http://www.internationalcap.org/abuse_statistics.html