What is Child Maltreatment

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The Epidemic of Child Maltreatment

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4.1 Million 

Child Abuse Cases


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7.5 Million

Children Affected


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5 Children Die

Every day from child abuse


What is Child Maltreatment?


Child maltreatment, also known as child abuse, is broadly defined. Child maltreatment takes many forms including physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, neglect, exploitation, and more. When we speak of child maltreatment, we normally first think of physical abuse, but the shocking truth is that neglect is the number one form of child abuse in America.

More children end up in foster care or die from neglect every year, than any other form of childhood maltreatment.

Child Maltreatment Stats


Child abuse victims are neglected


Of cases parents are the abuser

Sexual Abuse cases reported

The abuse may be brief, but the trauma lasts a lifetime.
Kids’ lives and futures are on the line!
Be the voice against neglect and contribute to end child maltreatment today.

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