Data on Child Abuse Research Paper

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Child Abuse: The Cold, Hard Facts

The United States has the highest recorded number of cases of child abuse of any industrialized nation

million reports of child abuse occur annually, involving 6 million children

children die every day due to abuse-related causes (National child abuse statistics, 2013, Child Help).

Abuse can take many forms: of all recorded cases of child abuse, 78% contained instances of neglect; more than 17% contained reports of physical abuse; 10% contained instances of sexual abuse; 8% reflected psychological abuse; 2% contained instances of medical neglect; and 10% contained other types of abuse (National statistics on child abuse, 2013, National Children's Alliance).

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Most forms of child abuse are not stranger-related. "80% of reported child fatalities as a result of abuse and neglect were caused by one or more of the child victim's parents" (National statistics on child abuse, 2013, National Children's Alliance).

As brought to light in the recent scandals involving trusted religious and athletic figures: "90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator" (National child abuse statistics, 2013, Child Help).

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These statistics most likely do not reflect the full extent to which abuse occurs: "it is estimated that between 50-60% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates"…

Sources Used in Document:

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Child abuse and maltreatment: Fact sheet. (2013). Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Retrieved:

http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/CM-DataSheet-a.pdf

National child abuse statistics. (2013). Child Help. Retrieved:

http://www.childhelp.org/pages/statistics

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