Did you know?

Recent research studies1 have found that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys experience sexual abuse (physical contact sexual abuse involving touching) before the age of 18.

For non-contact sexual abuse (purposefully exposing a child to pornography or sexual body parts), the rates of abuse are 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys.

Nationally, 1 in 8 children2 experience physical abuse (hit with a fist, choked, thrown, or received a beating/spanking that left bruising).

Since the Children’s Justice Centers opened its doors in October 1988, over 23,000 children have been interviewed at a Center in Hawaii and many more have received assistance through community partnerships.

1 Saunders Benjamin E. & Zachary W. Adams. “ Epidemiology of Traumatic Experiences in Childhood.” Disaster and Trauma, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, April 2014, 23(2):167-184.

2 Hawkins, Alesia O., C. Danielson, M. de Arellano, R. Hanson, K.Ruggiero, D. Smith, B. Saunders & D. Kilpatrick.“Ethnic/Racial Differences in the Prevalence of Injurious Spanking and Other Child Physical Abuse in a National Survey of Adolescents.” Child Maltreatment, 2010, 15(3) 242-249.



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