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Royal college denies rewriting child protection history

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Child Maltreatment Child Maltreatment Facts at a Glance 2010 Child Maltreatment For more information, please contact: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Injury Prevention and Control 1-800-CDC-INFO • • [email protected] • In 2008, U.S. state and local child protective services (CPS) received 3.3 million reports of children being abused or neglected.1 • CPS estimated that 772,000 (10.3 per 1,000) of children were victims of maltreatment. Approximately three quarters of them had no history of prior victimization. • Seventy-one percent of the children were classified as victims of child neglect; 16 percent as victims of physical abuse; 9 percent as victims of sexual abuse; and 7 percent as victims of emotional abuse. • A non-CPS study estimated that 1 in 5 U.S. children experience some form of child maltreatment: approximately 1 percent were victims of sexual assault; 4 percent were victims of child neglect; 9 percent were victims of physical abuse; and 12 percent were victims of emotional abuse.2 Note: A child is counted each time she or he is a subject of a report, which means a child may be counted more than once as a victim of child maltreatment. • In 2008, some children had higher rates of victimization: • African-American (16.6 per 1,000 children). • American Indian or Alaska Native (13.9 per 1,000 children). • Multiracial (13.8 per 1,000 children).1 • Overall, rates of victimization were slightly higher for girls (10.8 per 1,000 children) than boys (9.7 per 1,000 children).1 Gender and Race Disparities among Children • In 2008, an estimated 1,740 children ages 0 to 17 died from abuse and neglect (rate of 2.3 per 100,000 children).1 • 80 percent of deaths occurred among children younger than age 4; 10 percent among 4-7 year-olds; 4 percent among 8-11 year-olds; 4 percent among 12-15 year- olds; and 2 percent among

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