Prevalence of Child Abuse

  • Child abuse transcends all ethnicities, cultures, religions, socio-economic and education levels.
  • 78% of victims of child abuse related fatalities were 1 to 3 years old; 3/4 of deaths were caused by one or more parent(s).
  • Every year an estimated 900,000 children in the United States are victims of maltreatment, 18,000 are permanently disabled.
  • Head trauma is the leading cause of child abuse death among babies. The 100% preventable Shaken Baby Syndrome is a major cause of death, where 25% of victims die and the majority of survivors suffer brain damage.
  • Child abuse is reported every 10 seconds.
  • Almost five children die every day as a result of child abuse. More than three out of four are under the age of four.
  • About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.
  • More than 90% of abusers are people children know, love, or trust.
  • 79% of adults perpetrating against children are their parents.
  • 57% of children will be victims of some form of physical assault during their lifetime.

Orange County

  • An average of 120 children are reported as victims of child abuse every day.
  • Thirty percent of all reported cases involved children under the age of five.
  • In 2014, there were an estimated 46,000 reports of suspected child abuse, neglect, or abandonment in Orange County.

Domestic Violence

  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury for women ages 15 to 44.
  • 21% of women report being raped or physically or sexually assaulted in her life.
  • Domestic violence may be the single major precursor to child abuse and neglect fatalities in the United States, according to the U.S. Advisory Board.

Child Sexual Abuse

  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18.
  • Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults (including assaults on adults) occur to children ages 17 and under.
  • 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way; 68% are abused by their family members
  • Over 30% of victims never disclose the experience to others.
  • A typical child sex offender molests an average of 117 children.
  • 20% of child sexual abuse victims are under the age of 8.
  • Sexual abuse is commonly associated with other family problems, such as parental alcoholism, parental rejection, and parental marital conflict.
  • Although child sexual abuse is reported almost 90,000 times a year, the numbers of unreported abuse is far greater because the children are afraid to tell anyone what had happened.
  • High rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, dissociative disorders, interpersonal dysfunction, sexual problems and suicidal ideation have all been identified to varying degrees among men and women who survive child sexual abuse.
  • It is estimated that there are 60 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse in America today.

Teen Pregnancy

  • The U.S. has the highest teen birth rate in the industrialized world, and California has one of the highest in the nation.
  • Every year around 750,000 teenagers will get pregnant and 2/3 of them will not graduate from high school.
  • Children born to teen mothers are one-third more likely to be low birth weight babies and have a 50% higher rate of infant mortality than children over the age of 20.
  • Abused children are 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy.


  • 80% of young adults who had been abused met the diagnostic criteria for at least 1 psychiatric disorder at the age of 21 (including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, & post-traumatic stress disorder).
  • Society as a whole bears the costs of child abuse and neglect; the annual direct and indirect costs of child abuse and neglect is estimated at $103.8 billion dollars.
  • Teen pregnancy costs the United States at least $7 billion annually.
  • Children who experience child abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violent crimes.