1 IN 58 Children Abused Says New HHS Study
According to a new report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services a surprising number of children are abused or neglected, although the numbers have decreased since a prior study in 1993.
The study says more than 1.25 million children experienced maltreatment during the study year (2005-06). This corresponds to one child in every 58 in the United States. A large percentage (44%) was abused, while most (61%) were neglected.
Most of the abused children experienced physical abuse (58% of the abused children). Slightly less than one-fourth were sexually abused, while slightly more than one-fourth were emotionally abused. Almost one-half of the neglected children experienced educational neglect, more than one-third were physically neglected, and one-fourth were emotionally neglected.
These figures reflect a 19% decrease in the total number of maltreated children since an earlier, 1993 study.