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Shocking Child Abduction Statistics
- How Safe Are Your Children?

  • When we picture the crime scene of the typical child abduction case, most of us visualize the mysterious white van pulling up to the curb and offering our child some candy. Would it surprise you then to learn that only 1.4 percent of child abductions are by total strangers! Take a moment to think about that fact. It’s a startling statistic that means that the other 98% of child abductions occur through personal contacts.
  • Every 40 seconds in the United States, a child becomes missing or is abducted. The vast majority of these cases are resolved within hours. An estimated 2,000 cases per day are reported.
  • More than 700,000 cases are reported each year in the U.S.
  • One in every 3 female children and 1 in every 4 male children has been sexually abused.
  • Every 45 seconds a child is molested in the U.S
  • There are more than 705,000 registered sexual offenders in America.
  • Based on the identity of the perpetrator, there are three distinct types of kidnapping: kidnapping by a relative of the victim or "family kidnapping", kidnapping by an acquaintance of the victim or "acquaintance kidnapping”, and kidnapping by a stranger to the victim or "stranger kidnapping”.
  • Acquaintance kidnapping involves a comparatively high percentage of juvenile perpetrators, has the largest percentage of female and teenage victims, is more often associated with other crimes (especially sexual and physical assault), occurs at homes and residences, and has the highest percentage of injured victims.
  • Stranger kidnapping victimizes more females than males, occurs primarily at outdoor locations, victimizes both teenagers and school-age children, and is associated with sexual assaults in the case of girl victims and mostly robberies in the case of boy victims.
  • In 80 percent of abductions by strangers, the first contact between the child and the abductor occurs within a quarter mile of the child's home.
  • Most potential abductors grab their victims on the street or try to lure them into their vehicles
  • About 74 percent of the victims of nonfamily child abduction are girls.
  • One in five children 10 to 17 years old are the recipient of unwanted sexual solicitations online.
  • Five million elementary and middle school children are bullied each year in the U.S.
  • Each day, bullies’ teasing leads some 160,000 fearful kids to skip school.
  • Over the past three decades, the childhood obesity rate has more than doubled for preschool children aged 2-5 years and adolescents aged 12-19 years, and it has more than tripled for children aged 6-11 years. At present, approximately nine million children over 6 years of age are

Exploited Children

According to the latest online victimization research:

  • Approximately one in seven youth online (10 to 17-years-old) received a sexual solicitation or approach over the Internet.
  • Four percent (4%) received an aggressive sexual solicitation - a solicitor who asked to meet them somewhere; called them on the telephone; or sent them offline mail, money, or gifts.
  • Thirty-four percent (34%) had an unwanted exposure to sexual material - pictures of naked people or people having sex.
  • Twenty-seven percent (27%) of the youth who encountered unwanted sexual material told a parent or guardian. If the encounter was defined as distressing - episodes that made them feel very or extremely upset or afraid - forty-two percent (42%) told a parent or guardian.
  • Let’s face it; we’re living in an age where there is intense media hype with every child abduction story in the United States. So much so that we are forcing our kids to live in fear of ever speaking to anyone we don’t know. But is that alone keeping them safe from abduction? Experts say no. So how can we manage to balance a happy, healthy life while maintaining a grounded, protective shield around our children?