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Abuse Statistics - The Statistics On Abuse

Marilyn Folk BScN medical reviewer
Written by: Jim Folk.
Medically reviewed by: Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated: April 3, 2019

Abuse is a serious crime against humanity, and can have far-reaching and long-lasting consequences:

In 1999, the McCreary Adolescent Health Survey II found that:

In their 2001 report on Family Violence in Canada, The Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics found that children who are exposed to physical violence in their homes are:

University of Victoria's Sexual Assault Centre posts the following childhood sexual abuse statistics:

In their 2001 report on Family Violence in Canada, The Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics found that:

A statistical study conducted in 2001 by the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics found that:

Third National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-3) US Department of Health and Human Services

There are many possible effects stemming from abuse.  When abuse occurs to a child, they are left with feelings that are difficult to understand and put into perspective.  Children trust the adults in their lives to meet their needs and they believe that adults know what is good for them.  When they are assaulted, they believe they deserved it, and therefore, they are bad people.  They feel extreme shame and guilt AND responsible for the abuse.  They feel helpless and fearful as they are not able to control or stop what is happening to them.  In the case of sexual abuse, if their body responded to the stimulation, the good feelings produced from a bad experience may be confusing to a child.  Therefore, they may believe that they wanted and liked the abuse.

Untreated persons of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse may struggle with:

The effects of an abusive childhood may appear right away, may appear in adolescence, or may show up only in adulthood.  Often survivors of abuse do not cope well.  However, some children are able to compensate well and some even become overachievers.  A few adult survivors of childhood abuse may be competent professionals and compensate well for the adverse effects of an abusive childhood.   However, when an added stressor such as a physical illness, birth of a child, or death of a family member is introduced into their lives, even they are unable to cope.  No one escapes child abuse unharmed.  Eventually, the history of abuse catches up to everyone.

Treatment of abuse brings relief, peace, and healing.  The survivors of abuse can live healthier and learn to cope with life’s challenges with dignity and success.  They can break the generational cycle of abuse and experience the joy of healthy relationships.

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