Child abuse is far more common in the U.S. than you might expect. There are three million annual reports of child abuse—and a new report is made every 10 seconds. Five children die every single day due to abuse, giving the U.S. the worst of any industrialized nation. Keep in mind that child abuse can take many forms, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and medical neglect.
Sex trafficking is a significant problem—300,000 American youth were at risk of being sexually exploited in 2009. As of June 2013, CyberTipline has received more than 1.9 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation since it launched in 1998. Internet safety is another problem area, as 93 percent of children ages 12 to 17 go online. One out of 25 children ages 10 to 17 received an online sexual solicitation where the solicitor tried to make offline contact.
There are several warning signs of abuse, including unexplained injuries, lack of hygiene or personal care, behavioral changes, inappropriate sexual behaviors, fear of home and changes in academic performance. Be vigilant and look for these warning signs of abuse in children you know.
To learn more about the alarming child abuse problem in America, please take a look at the infographic below.
Source: Social Work Degree Center