Statistics

Child Abuse

- There will be over 200,000 family abductions this year and 58,000 non-family abductions this year.

- One out of five girls and one out of every ten boys will be sexually abused before they reach adulthood.

- Experts estimate that 60 million adults today were sexually abused when they were children.

- Over 800,000 children will be reported missing this year.

- In 2009, Child Protective Services received 3.3 million calls with a report of child abuse of 6 million children.

- The three largest percentages of report sources were from such professionals as teachers (16.5%), law enforcement and legal personnel (16.4%), and social services staff (11.4%).

Bullying

- One out of four kids will be abused by another youth.

- Surveys show 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally, and physically.

- 14% of those bullied said they experienced severe reactions to the abuse.

- 43% fear harassment in the bathroom at school.

- 7% of students have avoided school or places at school because they were afraid of being harmed in some way.

- 8% of students miss one day of class per month for fear of bullies.

- 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.

- Only about a third of bully victims reported the bullying to someone at school.

Cyber Bullying & Online Behavior

- Around half of teens have been the victims of cyber bullying

- Only 1 in 10 teens tells a parent if they have been a cyber bully victim

- Fewer than 1 in 5 cyber bullying incidents are reported to law enforcement

- 1 in 10 adolescents or teens have had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves without their permission, often using cell phone cameras

- About 1 in 5 teens have posted or sent (“sexting”) sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to others.


Sources:
– National Center for Educational Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2009″ [online]
- FindYouthInfo.gov, “How Widespread is the Bullying Problem?” [online]
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey Overview” [online]
- Richard Webster, Harford County Examiner, “From cyber bullying to sexting: What on your kids’ cell?” [online]
- S. Hinduja, and J. W. Patchin, Cyberbullying Research Center, “Cyberbullying Research” [online]
- National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Various Sources [online]
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children’s Bureau, “Child Maltreatment 2009” [online]