Updated Trends in Child Maltreatment, 2012

National statistics from 2012 showed increases in some forms of child maltreatment for the first time in many years. While overall substantiated child maltreatment was flat from 2011 to 2012, there was a 2% rise in sexual abuse and a 5% rise in physical abuse. Neglect declined 3% but child maltreatment fatalities rose 4% from 1,557 to 1,620.



Lifetime Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault

A new paper by CCRC researchers finds that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 20 boys in the US experience sexual abuse or assault by age 17.


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International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference

The International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference will be held July 13-15, 2014 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For more information, please visit the conference website.


Newly Released:

Children are Helped by Quality Violence Prevention Programs

A new national study conducted by the CCRC finds that two-thirds of school-age children in the United States have received some formal bullying or violence prevention program, and it has made a measureable difference for some of them.

The researchers found that children ages 5 to 9 who had received higher quality prevention education had lower levels of both peer victimization and perpetration. Education was also associated with more disclosure to authorities.

"The good news in these findings is that we see some of the safety improvements that the programs are intended to produce," said David Finkelhor, the lead author of the study.

Association of Sibling Aggression With Child and
Adolescent Mental Health

Fights between siblings – from toy-snatching to clandestine whacks to being banished from the bedroom – are so common they’re often dismissed as simply part of growing up. Yet a new study from researchers at the Crimes against Children Research Cetner finds that sibling aggression is associated with significantly worse mental health in children and adolescents. In some cases, effects of sibling aggression on mental health were the same as those of peer aggression.

“Even kids who reported just one instance had more mental health distress,” says Corinna Jenkins Tucker, associate professor of family studies at U. of New Hampshire and lead author of the research, published in the July issue of the journal Pediatrics. “Our study shows that sibling aggression is not benign for children and adolescents, regardless of how severe or frequent.”

The study, among the first to look at sibling aggression across a wide age and geographic range, is unique in its size and scope.


In the News

New Data: Child Abuse Down Slightly, Fatalities Up

The number of U.S. children victimized by abuse and neglect has dropped for the sixth straight year, but child fatalities linked to maltreatment increased by nearly 4 percent, according to the latest federal data.

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CNN Commentary: Child prostitution and Trafficking: Sex ring sting….

Kudos to the FBI and its partners for bringing needed attention to the neglected problem of juveniles engaged in prostitution. On Monday, they announced the results of Operation Cross Country, a coordinated multi-agency campaign in which 150 alleged pimps were arrested in a three-day sweep in 76 cities. But it's a complex problem requiring a lot more than the arrest of pimps.

Read the CNN commentary


Washington Post Op-Ed: Five Myths About Missing Children

The notion of a stranger grabbing a child off the street occupies a prominent place in popular fears. But the missing-children cases that rise to the level of news tend to distort perceptions of how often children go missing and why. It’s important to sort out the myth and reality about missing kids.

Read the op-ed