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
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Bridget Derkash,
Aug 29, 2017, 1:48 PM