Although the incidence of child abuse and neglect has been decreasing in recent years, more than 1.25 million, or 1 in every 58 children in the United States, were abused in 2006. More than half (61 percent) of the children (771,700 children) were victims of neglect, meaning a parent or guardian failed to provide for the child's basic needs.
Forms of neglect include:
educational neglect (360,500 children),
physical neglect (295,300 children), and
emotional neglect (193,400).
Another 44 percent were victims of abuse (553,300 children), including:
physical abuse (325,000 children),
sexual abuse (135,000 children), and
emotional abuse (148,500 children).
An average of nearly four children die every day as a result of child abuse or neglect (1,760 in 2007). (Reference)