Thank you for your desire to learn more about the epidemic of child abuse. Because of the sphere of influence of the average person, we can estimate that for every adult empowered with training on child abuse protection/prevention, ten children are potentially made safer. If you work with or volunteer with children as part of your day-to-day life, those numbers are likely even higher. By working together, we can combat this national tragedy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines child maltreatment as: all types of abuse and neglect of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caregiver, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher). Here are some startling statistics:
- Seventy-three percent of child sexual abuse victims do not tell anyone about their abuse for at least a year and 45 percent of victims do not tell anyone for at least five years. Some never disclose. Results from National Survey of Adolescents
- The Adverse Childhood Event research (adult health plan population studies) points to the possible prevalence of child abuse, noting that as many as 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys may be sexually abused by their 18th birthdays. The ACE Study is ongoing collaborative research between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA
- Nearly 70 percent of all reported sexual assaults in the U.S., and this includes assaults on adults, occur to children ages 17 and under. National Juvenile Justice Report
- Those working in a school environment identify just over 50% of all child abuse cases, more than any other profession. National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect, Report to Congress, 2010.
We strongly believe that education is one of our best defenses against those who would seek to harm our children, which was a driving force behind the development of our training programs. We actively seek to educate parents, children and child-serving professionals about child abuse and about how best to protect and prevent abuse are not alone. State governments have now passed legislation in all 50 states requiring some, if not all, adults to report cases of suspected child abuse.
Many states have also started to mandate training for those who work with children. Some states also require schools to provide training for parents and/or children. We are proud to offer training solutions to meet these needs. For more information about the training programs we offer for child-serving professionals or volunteers, parents and children, please visit Our Products page.
It is clear that we have significant challenges ahead of us. It is clear the time for change is now. Thank you for becoming part of the solution.