Number of cases of child abuse in the U.S. in 2015, by age of victim

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Number of cases
1 year and younger144,354
2 to 5 years old172,337
6 to 9 years old 153,019
10 to 13 years old115,153
14 to 17 years old95,134
Unborn, unknown, 18-21 year olds3,490

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This statistic shows the number of cases of child abuse in the U.S. in 2015, by age of victim. In 2015, a total number of 144,354 children aged one year and younger were abused in the United States.
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January 2017
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United States
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2015
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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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