The costs come from strain on the criminal justice, legal, education, health care and welfare system. Clearly economic burden created by child abuse outweighs the cost of effective preventive programs.
As a tax payer, the statistics of economic impact will shock you.
- According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, The total financial cost for child abuse is approximately $124 billion annually.
o Each child abuse case leading to death has a lifetime cost of $1.3 million.
o The lifetime cost of a child abuse victim that survived is $210,012 which is comparable to the cost of stroke patient ($159,846) or Type 2 Diabetes patient ($181,000 to $253,000).
- In the United States, the number child sexual abuse cases represent the second most expensive victim crime behind murder, costing $35 billion annually.
- In Henry County, it is estimated that the cost child sexual abuse is $2.2 million annually.