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Child Abuse happens in America more frequently than most people know. Children can be abused by parents, teachers, caregivers, relatives or strangers.  Abuse often happens when people lose control of their anger. Abuse can come in the form of persistent verbal aggression, physical aggression that injures, the omission of necessary care, and inappropriate sexual behavior.


In 2003, an estimated 906,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect.  The rate of victimization per 1,000 children in the national population has dropped from 13.4 children in 1990 to 12.4 children in 2003.  Yet experts believe that instances of child abuse and neglect occur three times more often than reported.

For 2003, an estimated 1,500 children died due to child abuse or neglect.  Of these fatalities attributed to child abuse and neglect, 75% were under the age of four.  More children (age four and younger) die from child abuse and neglect than any other single, leading cause of death for infants and young children, including: falls, choking on food, suffocation, drowning, fires, and automobile accidents.

9 in 10 Americans polled regard child abuse as a serious problem, yet when confronted with an actual situation, only 1 in 3 reported abuse.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.  National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, Summary of Key Findings from Calendar Year 2003

National Poll conducted by Penn, Schoen & Berland for Los Angeles-based Children's Institue International (CII).  Results released June 3, 1999.

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