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The terrible cycle of child abuse and neglect damages not only children, but also their communities and society as a whole.

Did You Know?

  • 18% of the reports of child abuse and neglect in Maine occur in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties
    • Represents 2,655 children ages 0-17 years of age.
    • Of these, 42% involve children ages 0-4 years of age.
  • A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds
  • Approximately 80% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4.
  • More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way.
  • Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.
  • About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.
  • About 80% of 21-year-olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
  • Abused teens are less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at greater risk for STDs.
  • The community, state and country must assume all costs associated with maintaining a child welfare system to investigate and respond to allegations of child abuse and neglect, as well as the expenditures by the judicial, law enforcement, health, and mental health systems. A 2001 report by Prevent Child Abuse America estimates these costs at $24 billion per year.
  • There are long-term economic consequences of child abuse and neglect, including those associated with juvenile and adult criminal activity, mental illness, substance abuse, and domestic violence.
  • Indirect costs may also include loss of productivity due to unemployment or underemployment, the cost of special education services, and increased us of the health care system. Prevent Child Abuse America estimated these costs at more than $69 billion per year (2001).

Your support–whether volunteering, sponsoring our programs, or joining our team–will help put an end to the debilitating cycle of child abuse and neglect and strengthen the social and economic health of our community.


Long-Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Welfare Information Gateway, United States Government Accountability Office, 2011.

Child maltreatment: strengthening national data on child fatalities could aid in prevention (GAO-11-599) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, youth and Families Children’s Bureau. Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities 2009: Statistics and Interventions. Fang, X., et al. The economic burden of child maltreatment in the United States and implications for prevention. Child Abuse & Neglect (2012), doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2011.10.006