Every hour of every day, there is allegation of child abuse in Connecticut.

Important Facts:

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TheLong-Term Effects of Child Abuse:

Health and Behavioural Problems

Sexually abused children who report their abuse and are not believed or do not receive appropriate care are at greater risk for psychological, emotional, social, and physical problems throughout their lifetime. It is extremely important to react calmly, appropriately and remain supportive if a child reports abuse.

Drug and/or Alcohol Problems

Victims of child sexual abuse are at greater risk for developing drug and alcohol-related problems. Reports indicate that adolescents with a history of child sexual abuse demonstrate a three to four-fold increase in rates of substance abuse and dependence.

Teenage Pregnancy and Sexual Health

Girls who are victims of sexual abuse are 2.2 times more likely to become teen mothers. Forty-five percent of pregnant teens report a history of child abuse. Abused or neglected children are also more likely to engage in sexual risk-taking as they reach adolescence, thereby increasing their chances of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Victims of child sexual abuse are at a higher risk for rape in adulthood, and the rate of risk increases according to the severity of the child sexual abuse experiences.


Children who have experienced abuse are nine times more likely to become involved in criminal activities.

Many Victims - One Perpetrator

Seventy percent of child sex offenders report having between one and nine victims. Twenty percent reports having as many as 40 victims.

Societal Consequences

The lifetime cost of child maltreatment and related fatalities in one year totals $124 Billion, according to a study funded by the CDC. According to studies, adverse childhood experiences were associated with an increased likelihood of employment problems, financial problems, and absenteeism.

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