4 Myth Busters for Child Abuse

Myth: Child abuse is rare

  • The Children’s Safety Center served a total of 546 alleged victims of child abuse in 2015.


Myth: Child abuse only affects girls

  • Unfortunately child abuse does not discriminate based on age, sex, race or social class.
  • The Children’s Safety Center saw 387 females and 159 males in 2015.


Myth: Child abuse offenders are typically strangers

  • Alleged offenders tend to be familiar with their victims.
  • Alleged offenders can be parents, stepparents, siblings, girlfriend/boyfriend of parents, and even other relatives.


Myth: Child abuse is only physical

  • There are many types of child abuse including:
    • Sexual, physical, neglect, witness to domestic violence, threat of harm, and exposure to methamphetamine
  • The Children’s Safety Center saw 468 cases of sexual abuse in 2015


If you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call the Child Abuse Hotline: (800) 482-5964

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