Yale University researchers issued a statement in which they highlight that over 12% of US kids will be affected by sexual, emotional or sexual abuse by the time they reach 18. This data contradicts that of US Health And Human Services Department.
The researchers used the data offered by the National Child Abuse And Neglect Data System Child File. The details of the research were published in JAMA Pediatrics and derived from the confirmed cases of abuse and neglect that were reported by nationwide child protective services.
Stats show that over 5.6 million children went through maltreatment between 2004 and 2011. Those that are Native American, Hispanic and black suffered the highest rates when compared with Asian/Pacific Islanders.
According to Yale University associate professor of sociology, Christopher Wildeman:
“Child maltreatment is common. It’s unequally distributed and if we don’t think about public policies that seek to diminish child maltreatment… we’re potentially allowing racial disparities in childhood maltreatment to grow. “
The study showed that girls show a higher risk than boys. Also, black children had a 21% possibility of being maltreated by the time they reach 18.