CDC: U.S. child abuse amounts to $124 billion


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According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, published in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect, 1,740 American children died from child abuse and 579,000 American children experienced nonfatal child abuse, costing the nation $124 billion, in 2008. Child abuse is defined as physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and neglect cases. This CDC report highlights the high costs associated with mistreatment of children and calls for change across the nation.
On average, a confirmed nonfatal child abuse case will receive an estimated $210,012 during their lifetimes, covering health care costs, child welfare and other services. In comparison to other health conditions, child abuse costs more than the lifetime cost of stroke and Type 2 diabetes, which total $159,846 per person and $181,000-$253,000 per person, respectively.

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