Learn About Abuse

"The victim is harmed not just by the cruelty of the oppressor, but by the silence of the bystander."
- Elie Wiesel 

Child Abuse Affects Everyone

Child abuse and neglect knows no social, economic, religious, ethnic, or educational backgrounds.  

1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will experience sexual abuse before they turn 18 years old [1]

Rates of child abuse are difficult to identify because abuse is not always recognized or reported by adults.

Only 10% of people who disclosed abuse report that their abuse was reported to the authorities [2]

Children under the age of four are at particular risk for child abuse and neglect. On average, more than 5 children die every day as a result of child abuse or neglect.   

Approximately 82% of these children are under the age of 4.  Within this age bracket, children are the most vulnerable in the their first year of life [3]. 

The Facts

Abuse and neglect impacts more than 37,000 children a year in Colorado.  

Nearly 70% of all reported seuxal assaults occure to children ages 17 and under.  

Only 10% of children disclose abuse while it is happening. 

Over 90% of abuse perpetrators are known to the victim and in a position of trust.  

For information on Colorado specific data check out the:
Community Performance Center 
Colorado Department of Human Services 

[1]Saunders, B. E., &Adams, Z. W. (2014). Epidemiology of Traumatic Experiences in Childhood. CHild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of NOrth America, 23(2), 167-184. doi:10.1016/j.chc.2013.12.003
[3] United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau, Child Maltreatment 2010, (2011), www.acf.hhs.gov
Bridget Derkash,
Aug 29, 2017, 1:48 PM