Child abuse facts reveal that neglect is the most common out of 4 basic types of child abuse.
It is defined as the inability of caretakers to provide sufficient physical or emotional care to a child or children.
Some 78% of all cases of child abuse are classified as neglect, followed by physical abuse with 18%, sexual abuse with 9%, and emotional abuse with 8%.
Many children are victims of more than just one form of child abuse.
Physical abuse is defined as physical aggression towards a child, often resulting in injuries or even worse.
Although sexual abuse is often also physical, it sometimes lacks direct physical contact (indecent exposure of an adult to a child, indecent viewing of a child’s genitalia by an adult, exposing a child to pornographic material etc.).
Sexual abuse is defined as any abuse in which an adult uses a child for sexual stimulation.
Child abuse facts reveal that approximately 5 children die every day as a consequence of abuse. Around 70% of these children are younger than 3 years old.
Child abuse facts reveal the grim truth:
most sexual child abuse victims are abused by people that are supposed to take care of them.
In 68% of cases, family members are the abusers, and in 90% of cases the victim personally knows the abuser.