Child Abuse in the U.S.
Child abuse and neglect is a public health epidemic.
- Child Abuse and Neglect has been cited by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a priority health problem.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has called violence toward children a public health crisis.
- During the Federal Fiscal Year 2012, more than 3.4 million child abuse and neglect reports were made, involving 6.3 million children. Approximately 3.2 million children (unique count) were screened in for CPS services and 686,000 children were confirmed victims of abuse (U.S. DHHS, Child Maltreatment Report 2012, published 2014).
- More than 4 children in the U.S. lose their life to abuse each day. In 2012, 1,640 children lost their life from the abuse they endured. (U.S. DHHS, Child Maltreatment Report 2012, published 2014).
- In the words of Dr. Bruce Perry, a nationally renowned researcher on child abuse, "If 20 million people were infected by a virus that caused anxiety, impulsivity, aggression, sleep problems, depression, respiratory and heart problems, vulnerability to substance abuse, antisocial and criminal behavior, retardation and school failure, we would consider it an urgent public health crisis. Yet, in the United States alone, there are more than 20 million abused, neglected and traumatized children vulnerable to these problems. Our society has yet to recognize this epidemic, let alone develop an immunization strategy".