Study Finds High Rate of Assaults on Children


A startling number of children experience physical assaults each year, according to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics.

The study was based on the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence, which included 4,000 telephone interviews between August 2013 and April 2014 with children between 10 and 17 years old, and the caregivers of children younger than 10.

Researchers found nearly four in 10 children experienced physical assault (37.3 percent) of some kind during the previous year. Nearly one in 10 (9.3 percent) were injured during the assaults.

About 15 percent of children and youth experienced maltreatment by a caregiver, 5 percent experienced physical abuse.

Nearly 5 percent of girls between the ages of 14 and 17 reported experiencing sexual assault or sexual abuse.

The full study is available for purchase HERE.

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