Why are there so many differing numbers????
These 3 statistics are from Our Child Abuse page:
- 1,640 children died in the United States in 2012 from abuse and neglect.
- 686,000 children were found to be victims of maltreatment by child protective services in 2012.
- It is estimated that only 25% of the occurrences of Child Abuse are ever reported.
“In 2012, U.S. state and local child protective services (CPS) received an estimated 3.4 million referrals of children being abused or neglected.”
If you do the math, 3.4 million referrals with only 686,000 Children being found to be victims of Child Maltreatment, is only about 20%. Yet how is it that only about 2% of the reports of Child Sexual Abuse and the like are found to be unsubstantiated????
That should be very easy to figure out, those 3.4 million CHILDREN are checked by CPS, and 80% are unsubstantiated. When Our Law Enforcement investigates, only 2% are unsubstantiated.
Bear one very important thing in mind: LESS THAN 25% of all the occurrances of Child Maltreatment are reported, so that means that instead of 3,400,000 occurrances, there are at least 13,600,000 occurrances of Our Children being Abused!!!!
The following quotes are from the GAO, The U. S. Government Accountability Office:
“However, studies also indicate significant undercounting of child maltreatment fatalities by state agencies — by 50% or more.”
“HHS does not take full advantage of available information on the circumstances surrounding child maltreatment deaths”
“nearly half of states included data only from child welfare agencies in reporting child maltreatment fatalities”
Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. It’s a widespread war against our children that we have the power to stop, and understanding the issue is the first step. Just how bad is the issue of child abuse in the United States?
Department of Justice, National Criminal Justice Reference Service, Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Journal of Preventive Medicine
Ark of Hope for Children