The FACTS About Domestic Violence
Domestic violence and child abuse have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. The numbers and the costs of domestic violence against women are staggering.
- A woman is assaulted or beaten EVERY 9 SECONDS in the US alone
- One in Three women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime
- The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.
Children too are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Over 3 million reports of child abuse are made every year in the United States.
- A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds
- Almost five children die every day as a result of child abuse and approximately 80% are under the age of 4
- More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way
- Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions, and at all levels of education. For many survivors, the experience often results in the development of years of emotional and psychological complications.
The FACTS About Youth Trafficking
- Human trafficking generates $9.5 billion yearly in the United States (United Nations)
- Approximately 300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted in the United States. (U.S. Department of Justice)
- The average age of entry into prostitution for a child victim in the United States is 13-14 years old. (U.S. Department of Justice) A pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child each year and the average pimp has 4 to 6 girls. (U.S. Justice Department, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
- The average victim may be forced to have sex up to 20-48 times a day. (Polaris Project)
- A pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child each year and the average pimp has 4 to 6 girls. (U.S. Justice Department, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)