The facts relating to child abuse across the world is shocking and worrying. Without people from all over the world taking action and taking a stand together, we will never be able to stop child abuse. The facts we share today should paint a clear picture why we need people to stand up for our children.
Children die because of child abuse. Approximately 5 children die every day because of child abuse or related factors.
Boys and girls are at risk. An estimated 3 out of 5 girls and 1 out of 5 boys are sexually abused before they turn 18.
Most children are abused by people they know. 90 % of children know the person who abuse them and 68% of offenders are family members of the abused child.
Millions of children are abused every year. In the US, there has been approximately 3 million reported cases of child abuse. This does not include the unreported cases.
Child abuse predisposes children for violent behavior. Children who are abused have been proven to be more likely to get involved in violent crime and have a higher likelihood of being arrested sometime during their teen and adult lives.
Child abuse can cause psychological disorders. A large percentage of 21-year olds who were abused as children show symptoms of and meet the criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
Child abuse encourages risky behavior. Children who are abused are prone to unsafe and risky behaviors like unsafe sex, drugs, alcohol, and crime.
It is your responsibility to be aware, notice the signs, and report any abuse that you may be aware of or suspect. Together we can make a change and make the world a safer place for our children.