By the Numbers: Abuse Cases Up
The number of children reported as abused and neglected has risen steadily since 1984, according to a recent report from the Child Welfare League of America. Most experts agree that the increase stems both from an increase in the number of children who are abused and neglected, as well as a rise in the number of cases that are reported, according to the Washington-based organization, which represents groups that serve neglected, abused, and vulnerable children and their families.
Children Reported as Abused and Neglected per 1,000 children in the population
1984 28 1985 30 1986 33 1987 34 1988 35 1989 38 1990 42 1991 41 1992 43 1993 43
Copies of "Child Abuse and Neglect: A Look at the States" are available for $26.95 each from the Child Welfare League of America at (800) 407-6273.