Number of child abuse cases in the U.S. in 2016, by gender of the victim

Child abuse in the U.S. - number of victims by gender 2016 This statistic shows the number of victims of child abuse in the U.S. in 2016, by gender. In 2016, about 326,707 boys were abused in the United States.
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Number of child abuse cases
Girls342,203
Boys326,707
Unknown2,712
Number of child abuse cases
Girls342,203
Boys326,707
Unknown2,712
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This statistic shows the number of victims of child abuse in the U.S. in 2016, by gender. In 2016, about 326,707 boys were abused in the United States.
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Release date
February 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2016
Supplementary notes
Based on State submissions to National Child Absuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS)of alleged child abuse and neglect. NCANDS collects case level data on children who received child protective services response in the form of an investigative or alternative response. Each state has its own definition of child abuse and neglect based on standards set by federal law. Child abuse is defined as any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk or serious harm.

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