The Issues Our Children Face Every Day

The Four Most Pressing Issues [PDF]

Abduction - Bullying and School Violence - Child Abuse and Neglect - Sexual Assault


  • 58,200 Children are abducted by non-family members (including an estimated 115 victims of stereotypical kidnappings)
  • 203,903 Children are abducted by family
  • 117,200 children are missing from caretakers (56,500 reported)
  • In 40 percent of stereotypical kidnappings, the child was killed, and in another 4 percent, the child was not recovered
  • Nearly half of all child victims of stereotypical kidnappings and non-family abductions were sexually assaulted by the perpetrator
  • 85% of the time a child is abducted it involves the use of physical force

Bullying and School Violence [PDF]

  • American schools house approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims.
  • More youth violence occurs on school grounds as opposed to on the way to school.
  • Among K-12 Teachers, the percentage who this occurs in school setting; 76% Verbal Confrontation, 65% Fights, 36% Staff abuse by student, 28% student with weapon at school.
  • Bullying in school tends to increase through elementary grades, peak in middle school, and drop off by the 11th and 12th grades.
  • 90% of all students in grades 4-8 reported being threatened and bullied in school.
  • About 22% of students in grades 4-8 reported academic difficulties as a result of peer abuse.
  • In a U.S. national study with youth in grades 6 - 10, almost 30% (more than 5.7 million) were involved in moderate or frequent bullying during the current school term, as a bully, victim, or both.
  • 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary school each month.
  • Each day, 160,000 children in the United States stay home from school for fear of being bullied.
  • 864,000 students (5.4%) report staying home at least one day a month because they fear for their safety.
  • Every 7 minutes a child is bullied: Adult intervention-4%( Teacher), Peer intervention-11% (Friend/classmate), No intervention- 85%.

In a 2009 nationally-representative sample of youth in grades 9-12, the Center for Disease Control reports the following:

  • 19.9% reported being bullied on school property in the 12 months preceding the survey; the prevalence was higher among females (21.2%) than males (18.7%).
  • 11.1% reported being in a physical fight on school property in the 12 months preceding the survey; 15.1% of male students and 6.7% of female students.
  • 5.0% did not go to school on one or more days in the 30 days preceding the survey because they felt unsafe at school or on their way to or from school.
  • 7.7% reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property one or more times in the 12 months preceding the survey.
  • 5.6% reported carrying a weapon (gun, knife or club) on school property on one or more days in the 30 days the survey.

Child Abuse and Neglect [PDF]

  •  More than 2.67 million reports of child abuse and neglect involving 3 million children were made to child protective service agencies in 2004
  • 51,346 reports a week
  • An estimated 1,490 children died of abuse and neglect
  • Approximately 872,000 children were determined to be victims of child maltreatment
  • Each day in the United States, more than 3 children die as a result of child abuse in the home 92.5 % were under the age of seven; over 80% were under the age of 4, and 45 % of the children were under the age of one
  • More than 60 percent of child victims were neglected by their parents or other caregivers. About 18 percent were physically abused, 10 percent were sexually abused, and 7 percent were emotionally maltreated
  • In 2004, there were an estimated 518,000 children in foster care
  • 797,500 children missing per year (2,185) per day
What is the #1 Cause of Death of children under the age of 11? At  the hands of their parents.

Sexual Assault [PDF]

  • 90% knew their offender National Incident-Based Reporting System
  • Overall girls are 6 times more likely than boys to be victims of sexual assault; 73% of victims under 12 were girls, 27% were boys
  • Perpetrators: 59% within the family; 37% acquaintance of victim; 4% stranger
  • 1 of every 3 incidence of sexual abuse reported to law enforcement are children under 12 years of age. 1 of every 7 are under age 6

Last updated: September 27, 2016, 11:17:33 PM