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.  Child sexual abuse is the most prevalent health problem children face and it has the most serious consequences [1].  Even so, the public is not fully aware of the magnitude of the problem.    

1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will experience sexual abuse before they turn 18 years old [2]

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 [3]

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
[4].   

Approximately 82% of these children are under the age of 4.  Within this age bracket, children are the most vulnerable in their first year of life [5]