Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The Oregon Child Support Program is passionate about our commitment to help and to serve families and children throughout Oregon. In support of these important goals, we are sharing some information and available resources.
Child Abuse Facts and Statistics
Child abuse and neglect affects over one million children every year and costs our nation $220 million every day.
The United States has one of the worst records of child abuse among industrialized nations – on average between four and seven children die every day due to child abuse and neglect.
More than 70% of the children who died as a result of child abuse or neglect were two years of age or younger. More than 80% were not yet old enough for kindergarten.
Individuals who reported six or more adverse childhood experiences had an average life expectancy two decades shorter than those who reported none.
The financial costs for victims and society are substantial. The total lifetime estimated financial cost associated with just one year of confirmed cases of child maltreatment is $124 billion.