10 Facts About Child Abuse

10 Facts About Child Abuse

  1. Child Abuse Happens in every part of Society.
  2. Children are usually victimized by someone they know.
  3. Children rarely tell someone they are being abused.
  4. It is extremely rare for a child to lie about sexual abuse.
  5. Medical evidence is rarely discovered after a child discloses sexual abuse.
  6. While all types of abuse are possible in the home, child neglect is more common than sexual abuse.
  7. Children who are sexually abused are not destined to continue the cycle of abuse as adults.
  8. Men and women are both capable of sexual abuse.
  9. Boys and girls react in similar ways to sexual abuse.
  10. Children with disabilities are more likely to become victims of abuse than children without disabilities.

For a copy of this handout or for research relating to these facts, please contact the Children’s Advocacy Center.