Child abuse has major impacts on communities, families, and children:
Child abuse and neglect impede the brain's development and have long-term consequences for cognitive, language, and academic abilities.
- The emotional effects of abuse and neglect can contribute to low self-esteem, depression, and relationship difficulties.
- Child abuse and neglect is a risk factor for borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders.
- More than half of children with reports of abuse are at risk of grade repetition, substance abuse, delinquency, truancy, or pregnancy.
- Children who have experienced abuse are nine times more likely to become involved in criminal activities.
- Children exposed to abuse and neglect are more likely to smoke cigarettes, abuse alcohol, or take illicit drugs during their lifetime.
- The lifetime cost of child maltreatment and related fatalities in 1 year is $124 billion.