Facts & Statistics
- An estimated 60 – 85% of child fatalities due to maltreatment do NOT record abuse as cause of death.
- Abused children are 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy.
On average over 300,000 minors are being trafficked on the streets of the USA for sex exploitation everyday.
- 8 out of 10 minor children being detained in the juvenile justice system for prostitution or charges related to exploitation…are in direct conflict with their status under the Federal Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005.
“We’ve also seen an historic rise in the distribution of child pornography, in the number of images being shared online, and in the level of violence associated with child exploitation and sexual abuse crimes. Tragically, the only place we’ve seen a decrease is in the age of victims.”- Attorney General Eric Holder, May 19, 2011
- Victims of child pornography suffer not just from the sexual abuse inflicted upon them to produce child pornography, but also from knowing that their images can be traded and viewed by others worldwide. Once an image is on the Internet, it is irretrievable and can continue to circulate forever, which can alter his or her life later in adulthood from this permanent record of child sexual abuse. Emerging trends reveal an increase in the number of images depicting sadistic and violent child sexual abuse, and an increase in the number of images depicting very young children including toddlers and infants. – Nadine Hartley
- Operation Delego was a major international law enforcement investigation launched in 2009, which dismantled an international pedophile ring that operated an invitation only Internet site named Dreamboard. It featured incentives for images of the violent sexual abuse of young children under twelve, including infants…The board may have been the vehicle for the distribution of up to 123 terabytes of child pornography, which is roughly equivalent to 16,000 DVDs.
In a 2000 report to the DoJ, it was estimated that 34% of sexual assault and rape victims were under the age of 12, with 1 out of 7 were under the age of 6, 29% were 12-17 years old…with the most disturbing of juvenile sexual assaults, particularly rape, perpetrated against infants.
- 2006 – Arizona ranks 41 out of 50 states in overall child well being.
Between April 1, 2005 and March 31, 2006, there were over 36,000 reports of child abuse, neglect and abandonment to Arizona Child Protective Services.
- Monitor the computer. Predators target children who are unsupervised and left to entertain themselves at will on the computer and are able to go into chat rooms. They look for children online for great periods of time knowing many parents do not monitor usage. Children will also go on at friend’s houses if access is denied them at home. Stress that your child should never under any circumstances give out information to anyone online. No addresses or phone numbers or even hobbies or interests, as they are used as tools to find a common ground with a child.