One third of children under age 15 have suffered some form of child abuse.
Child abuse has a great impact on the development of a person’s understanding of the world. Child abuse affects emotional development. Children who have been abused are less resilient.
There is no better way to understand how much abuse as a child can affect a person than by considering statistics like these:
- 30% of youth who have been abused will not finish high school.
- Children with a history of abuse are 4 times more likely to suffer from self-harm and suicidal ideation.
- 35-50% of youth who’ve been abused develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and all youth who’ve been abused will have symptoms of traumatic stress.
- When children who’ve been abused grow up, as many as 60% will need mental health services. This is 4 times the rate of mental health consultation in the general population.
- Child abuse increases the risk of medical illnesses: studies show that adults with a history of child abuse will have a 15% increase in medical illnesses.
These statistics demonstrate the long term effects of child abuse. They show that child abuse takes its toll – emotionally and physically.
But the most compelling statistic is that ALL children who have been abused will have some symptoms of traumatic stress.
In 90% of cases, the victims of child abuse will know their abuser. The abuser will be their own parent in 40% of cases.
Your family are supposed to be the people who provide a safe place to live and grow. Your family are supposed to be the people who love you, no matter what you do or what happens.
But victims of child abuse must wonder, “How many years does that take?”
How could you possibly learn to trust the world when your own family wasn’t trustworthy? Is it any wonder that child abuse has such serious consequences?