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The Social Impact of Child Abuse

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Jarod Cassidy2 years ago

Over the past week, our blogs have looked at the long-term impacts of child abuse on the individual and those around them. However, child abuse creates a long reaching ripple effect – one that carries with it serious social and economic implications.

How Child Abuse Damages Communities

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, rates of child abuse and child neglect have a measurable impact on communities. This is because individuals who are abused as children are more likely to engage in various illicit activities.

One research into the subject is limited, one study completed using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health found that child abuse roughly doubles the probability that a person will commit a crime later in life. This was even true when the researchers compared twins.

Such crime also carries a financial impact. It is estimated that crimes that are the result of child abuse costs society as much as $62.5 billion every year.

Further Quantifying the Social Effects of Child Abuse

The following information was presented by Prevent Child Abuse Texas:

  • 50% of all runaway youths were victims of physical abuse. This does not include victims of neglect and sexual abuse.
  • 60% of prostitutes reported being sexually abused as children.
  • An analysis of inmates at the Ferguson Unit in Midway, Texas found that 65% of the inmates had been abused as children.
  • Between 60-80% of adults who abuse drugs or alcohol experienced some type of abuse as a child.


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