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Child Abuse and Neglect, United States

The following table shows the number and percent of child abuse and neglect in the United States between 1990 and 2012, according to type of maltreatment and sex and age of the victim.

Item199019952000200320082012
NumberPercentNumberPercentNumberPercentNumberPercentNumberPercentNumberPercent
Types of substantiated maltreatment        
Victims, total1690,658970,285864,837787,156773,792115.0%678,810127.5%
Neglect338,77049.1%507,01552.3%517,11859.8%479,56760.9%549,39971.0%531,24178.3%
Physical abuse186,80127.0237,84024.5167,71319.4148,87718.9125,97116.3124,54418.3
Sexual abuse119,50617.3122,96412.787,77010.278,1889.971,1629.262,9369.3
Emotional maltreatment45,6216.642,0514.366,9657.738,6034.955,2367.157,8808.5
Medical neglectn.a.n.a.28,5412.925,4983.017,9452.316,7832.215,7052.3
Sex of victim            
Victims, total742,519100.0809,634100.0864,837100.0787,156100.0770,868100.0678,810100.0
Male323,33943.5381,07547.1413,74447.8378,37448.1373,88948.5330,62048.7
Female369,91949.8425,19352.5446,23051.6405,50551.5396,97951.5345,82350.9
Age of victim            
Victims, total731,282100.0808,575100.0864,837100.0787,156100.0770,907100.0687,810100%
1 year and younger97,10113.3103,33512.8133,09415.4127,61816.2150,86619.5134,02419.4
2 to 5 years old172,79123.6215,30326.6205,79023.8196,15024.9194,34225.2182,84526.5
6 to 9 years old157,68121.6195,40024.2212,18624.5176,95122.5168,05521.8145,19021.1
10 to 13 years old135,13018.5154,68219.1176,07120.4162,83820.7135,83817.6118,02117.1
14 to 17 years old103,38314.1121,54815.0126,20714.6118,69815.1121,16415.895,73413.9
18 years and over4,8800.77,5060.99920.14930.16420.12,99620.4
NOTE: n.a. = not available. (—) = not applicable.
1. More than one type of maltreatment may be substantiated per child. Therefore, totals for this category will add up to more than 100 percent. Victim totals and maltreatment types are based on subset of states that reported both the number of child victims and maltreatment incidences by type for that year.
2. This number includes unborn, unknown, and 18–21
Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2006.; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Maltreatment, 2008, 2012.

 

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