Who Abuses Children

Who actually abuses children?

Many individuals think that the primary abusers of children are strangers. This concept is often reinforced through the media and urban legends. Statistics gathered at the Child Protection Center tell a different story.

Approximately 96% of the alleged abusers of children seen at the CPC in 2016 were individuals known to the child. This includes parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives as well as family friends, neighbors and professionals. Only 4% were strangers.