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National Statistics


Child Abuse

  • A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds in this country
  • More than 5 children die every day as a result of child abuse
  • Approximately 80% of children who die from abuse are under the age of four
  • 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way

Domestic Violence

  • 1 in 4 women has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime
  • 85% of victims of intimate partner violence are women; 15% are men
  • 50% of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children
  • 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually
  • On average, more than 3 women and 1 man are murdered every day in this country by their intimate partners

Sexual Assault

  • 1 in 5 female high school students reports being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner
  • 1 in 4 college-age women will be sexually assaulted
  • 70% of sexual assaults reported by adolescent and college-age women are classified as date rape; 38% of those women are between 14 and 17 years old

National Costs

Child Abuse

$124 billion is the estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States

Sexual Assault

Rape is the most costly of all crimes to its victims, with total estimated costs at $127 billion a year (excluding the cost of child sexual abuse)

Domestic Violence

$5.8 billion is the estimated health-related costs of intimate partner violence each year. Of that amount, nearly $4.1 billion are for direct medical and mental health care services, and nearly $1.8 billion are for the indirect costs of lost productivity or wages.

Shelters Safeguard Lives

Studies show that access to shelter services leads to a 60-70% reduction in incidence and severity of re-assault during the 3-12 months’ follow-up period compared to women who did not access shelter.
Shelter services led to greater reduction in severe re-assault than did seeking court or law enforcement protection, or moving to a new location.
LACASA Staff Insight

Why Children Don’t Tell: Sandusky case sheds light on complexities of child sexual abuse

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is updated regularly in the footnote section, which provides links to ongoing news about the Penn State Scandal and its aftermath. By Robin L. O’Grady with Nicole Matthews-Creech The conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky captured the nation’s attention and cast a spotlight on an endless question: […]