The Negative Impact of Abuse
-14% of all men in prison and 36% of women in prison in the USA were abused as children, about twice the frequency seen in the general population
-Children who experience child abuse & neglect are about 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity.
-Abused children are 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy.
-More than a third of adolescents with a report of abuse or neglect will have a substance use disorder before their 18th birthday, three times as likely as those without a report of abuse or neglect.
-Abused teens are more likely to engage in sexual risk taking, putting them at greater risk for STDs.
-Nearly half of all U.S children, some 34 million, have experienced at least one type of childhood trauma, while 16 million have experienced two or more types of trauma.
-Abuse carries a heavy cost: The lifetime cost for each victim is $210,012.
-Each year, total lifetime costs of new cases of child abuse reach approximately $124 billion.