Did You Know?


Did you Know.....

  • The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations when it comes to child abuse related deaths.
  • Every day we lose an average of 4 to 7 children to maltreatment and abuse.
  • 85-90% of abused children are abused by someone already known to the family (not strangers).
  • Child Abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, within all religions and at all levels of education.  No group is immune!
  • About 30% of abused children grow up and abuse their own children.
  • A report about child abuse is made every 10 seconds.
  • About 80% of the children who die from abuse are under the age of 4.
  • The average child molester usually has a hundred or more victims before they are caught.

In 2018, the state of Texas....

  • Had 66,352 confirmed child abuse cases and in 60% of the cases it was the parent.*
  • ​211 children died as a result of child abuse
  • Region 8 (San Antonio and the surrounding counties) had the 4th highest number of confirmed child abuse cases in the state 
  • 42% of the confirmed child abuse/neglect victims were under the age of three.
  • Physical abuse fatalities were up 58% over 2017
  • 58% of abused/neglected children are male.

An article in the Military Times, reported that there was a rise in child abuse cases in the military....

  • The Army reported a 40% increase in child abuse cases from 2010 through 2012, including 118 in which children were killed.
  • The Air Force reported a 25% increase in child abuse cases from 2008 through 2012, including 16 in which children were killed.
  • The Marine Corps reported 1,591 cases between 2011 and 2012, including 6 deaths.
  • The Navy reported 3,336 cases from 2009 through 2012, including 42 in which children were killed.

*Information obtained from the https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/About_DFPS/Reports_and_Presentations/PEI/documents/2019/2019-03-01_FY2018_Child_Fatality_and_Near_Fatality_Annual_Report.pdf  - Texas Department of Family and Protective Service