Facts About Child Abuse

In 2013, an estimated 678,932 children were victims of abuse or neglect in the U.S. Of that number, an estimated 1,520 children died as a result of abuse and/or neglect. (Statistics taken from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children & Families, Child Maltreatment Report 2013).

Each year, Children’s Advocacy Centers around the country provide necessary services to child victims of abuse, helping to set them on the path to hope and healing. In Pennsylvania alone, Children’s Advocacy Centers served more than 11,000 children in need over the course of 2014. Other statistics include:

  • In the first 3 months of 2015, most CACs saw a 30% increase of the children served by PA Children’s Advocacy Centers.
  • Of the abuse reported, sexual abuse was the highest, with over 8,000 allegations.
  • Children’s Advocacy Centers logged thousands of hours of medical exams/treatment, counseling/therapy, forensic interviewing, and case management coordination.
  • Prevention work was also a focus for Children’s Advocacy Centers, with various campaigns and local outreach work done by individual Centers, helping to increase awareness of child abuse and encouraging individuals to report abuse when suspected.

For more information on child abuse statistics on a national level, visit the National Children’s Alliance website.