FBI Statistics

FBI Statistics Reported Child Abuse

More Than 97% of Reported Child Abuse Victims Are NOT Protected!

Child abuse, the worst nightmare for loving parents is brutal reality for many of our children: In our times, in our culture, in our society, in our country, in our world – and sadly: In our presence! Please review the video on the Home page of this site.

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Will someone please help stop the abuse?

Please access the FBI Web site in your area for up to date facts concerning crimes against children and adults.

Most children are sexually abused by people they know.

This means that parents know and trust these people as well or are even married to them. Look at your child, do you have the feeling that suddenly something is different, that your child is scared, hiding something, not telling the truth? You are not sure what do next?

The Hope For Children Foundation is here for you, intending to provide guidance, support, answers and education to help you find to the right path of action to protect your child and yourself from abusers.

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Please help us in our efforts to support abuse victims and to continue to educate all those people in contact with abused children and adults. Only full awareness of the immediate needs of victims of abuse and crime will allow all support providers including law enforcement officers, judges and court personnel to make qualified decisions and take the right course of action, right from the start. We thank the FBI for its work in protecting our nation’s children.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation for the United States of America – FBI

The following information is copied directly from the FBI Web site concerning children and their protection.

It’s nearly unthinkable, but every year thousands of children become victims of crime—whether it’s through kidnappings, violent attacks, sexual abuse, or online predators.

The mission of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children program is threefold: first, to decrease the vulnerability of children to sexual exploitation; second, to develop a nationwide capacity to provide a rapid, effective, and measured investigative response to crimes against children; and third, to enhance the capabilities of state and local law enforcement investigators through programs, investigative assistance, and task force operations.

Our strategy involves using multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams to investigate and prosecute crimes that cross legal, geographical, and jurisdictional boundaries; promoting and enhancing interagency sharing of intelligence, specialized skills, and services; and widely offering our victim/witness services. All for the express purpose of protecting our nation’s greatest asset—our children.

Overview and History of the Violent Crimes Against Children Program

The mission of the Violent Crimes Against Children (VCAC) program is to provide a rapid, proactive, and comprehensive capacity to counter all threats of abuse and exploitation of children when those crimes fall under the jurisdiction and authority of the FBI; to identify and rescue child victims; to reduce the vulnerability of children to in-person and online sexual exploitation and abuse; to reduce the negative impact of domestic and international parental rights disputes; and to strengthen the capabilities of the FBI and federal, state, local, tribal, and international partners through training, intelligence sharing, technical support, and investigative assistance.

Investigative Priorities

Child abductions: Non-ransom child abductions; domestic parental kidnapping
Child sexual exploitation enterprises: Domestic child prostitution; online networks and enterprises
Contact offenses against children: Domestic travel with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity with children; child sex tourism (international travel to engage in sexual activity with children); production of child pornography; coercion/enticement of a minor
Trafficking of child pornography: Mass distribution of child pornography; possession of child pornography
International parental kidnapping
Other crimes against children: All other crimes against children violations within the FBI’s jurisdiction are investigated in accordance with available resources

The History of the Program

While investigating the disappearance of a juvenile in May 1993, FBI special agents from the Baltimore Field Office and detectives from the Prince George’s County (Maryland) Police Department identified two suspects who had sexually exploited numerous juveniles over a 25-year period. Investigation into these activities determined that adults were routinely using computers to transmit sexually explicit images to minors and, in some instances, to lure minors into engaging in illicit sexual activity. Further investigation and discussions with experts, both within the FBI and in the private sector, revealed that the use of computer telecommunications was rapidly becoming one of the most prevalent techniques by which some sex offenders shared pornographic images of minors and identified and recruited children into sexually illicit relationships. In 1995, based on information developed during this investigation, the Innocent Images National Initiative—initially part of our Cyber Division—was created to address the illicit activities conducted by users of commercial and private online services and the Internet.

In 2000, the Crimes Against Children program was formed by our Violent Crimes Section—part of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. It was under this umbrella that programs such as the Innocence Lost National Initiative and Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Teams were implemented to provide additional resources and response tools to combat the ever-present problems of child prostitution, child abduction, and child sex tourism.

In October 2012, the Crimes Against Children program and the Innocent Images National Initiative merged to form the Violent Crimes Against Children program in the Criminal Investigative Division. The program continues the efforts of both former iterations, providing centralized coordination and analysis of case information that is national and international in scope, requiring close cooperation not only among FBI field offices and legal attachés but also with state, local, and international governments.