With all the attention on cyberbullying, sexting, “stranger danger,” and other online related crimes, it’s important to know that kids face the biggest risks at home among people they know — often siblings, peers or caregivers.
A study from the Crimes Against Children Research Center found that more than a third of children 17 and younger “experienced a physical assault, primarily at the hands of siblings and peers.” The study was published online by JAMA Pediatrics.
The study found that:
- 37.3% experienced a physical assault during the study year, “primarily from siblings (21.8%) and peers (15.6%).”
- An assault resulting in injury occurred in 9.3%
- 40.9% of children and youth had more than one direct experience of violence, crime or abuse;
- 10.1% had six or more and 1.2% had 10 or more. The study also found that 5% experienced a sexual offense; 1.4% experienced a sexual assault.
- Girls ages 14 to 17 were the group at highest risk for sexual assault, with 16.4% experiencing a sexual offense and 4.6% experiencing sexual assault or sexual abuse,” according to the researchers.
- The study found that 15.2% of children and youth experienced maltreatment by a caregiver, including 5% who experienced physical abuse.
- 24..5% witnessed violence in the family or community, with 8.4% witnessing a family assault.
The study, supervised by Dr. David Finkelhor of the University of New Hampshire, Durham was based on data from a telephone surveys of 4,000 children and adolescents.