Child Abduction/Kidnapping Statistics

 

 

Approximately 101,000 cases of child sexual abuse were substantiated in 1998. 

  • Child sexual abuse constituted about 10% of all child maltreatment cases substantiated.

Child sexual abuse substantiations have declined in recent years. 

  • In 1986, child sexual abuse cases were 16% of all reported cases. In 1998, child sexual abuse cases were 10% of all reported cases.

National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse.  1999.  Current Trends in Child Abuse Reporting and Fatalities: The results of the 19988 Annual Fifty State Survey.  Chicago, IL:  National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse. 

http://www.childabuse.org/50data97.html

There has been a 22% decline in the number of child sexual abuse substantiations since 1992.

  • There has been a 26% decline in the rate per 1,000 of substantiated cases of child sexual abuse since 1992.
Year  Estimated Number of Children  Rate per 1,000 children 
1990  146,000  2.3 
1991  149,000  2.3 
1992  150,000  2.3 
1993  147,000  2.2 
1994  140,000  2.1 
1995  128,000  1.9 
1996  124,000  1.8 
1997  117,000  1.7 

CCRC projections based on estimates from, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau. 1992 through 1996. Child Maltreatment (1992 – 1999): Reports from the States to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.  

“The serial killer has the same personality characteristics as the sex offender against children”
-Dr. Mace Knapp, Nevada State Prison Psychologist Abel & Harlow Child Molestation Prevention Study (2001)
Findings and conclusions of a study of 4,007 adults, ages 18 to 95, who admitted that they had sexually molested one or several children.

 Office of Juveniile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
These two lengthy studies provide a wealth of information: Child Molesters, A Behavioral Analysis (2001); and Child Molesters Who Abduct Children, Summary of the Case in Point Series (1995).

 Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement, 7/00, NCJ 182990, USDOJ: Complete report

 According to www.Sex-Offenders.us:
A child is molested every four seconds. Nearly one out of every three girls and one of every four boys is molested by age 18. This difference in these numbers may be because boys report molestation less frequently than girls.

 Child Molester Statistics from Child Protections LifeTips. Taken from the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics.

 Female Sex Offenders – Texas Department of Health Services

 Juvenile Sex Offenders – various sources

 Many child molesters know their victims. Some stalk their victims, observing their habits as they walk to and from school. They often try to buy houses near schools or parks.

 Pedophiles have a strong, almost irresistible, desire to have sex with children. The average pedophile molests 260 victims during their lifetime. Over 90% of convicted pedophiles are arrested again for the same offense after their release from prison.

 The best protection is to help your children learn to resist unwanted advances and to learn about threats in your neighborhood.

 http://www.sex-offenders.us/child.molester.list.htm

 • “There are 400,000 registered sex offenders in the United States, and an estimated 80 to 100,000 of them are missing. They’re supposed to be registered, but we don’t know where they are and we don’t know where they’re living.
- Ernie Allen, President of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Childrento co-anchor Hannah Storm on The Early Show

 • The most serious and chronic offenders often show signs of antisocial behavior as early as the preschool years.
- American Psychiatric Association, 1994; was in Juvenile Justice Bulletin: Nov 1998 OJJDP: U.S. Department of Justice

• Dr. Gene Abel estimates that between 1% and 5% of our population molest children.
- CNN Specials Transcript #454-Thieves of Childhood.

 • Nearly all the offenders in sexual assaults reported to law enforcement were male (96%).
- Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement, 7/00, NCJ 182990, U.S. Department of Justice

 • Overall, 23% of sexual assault offenders were under the 18 and 77% were adults.
- Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement, 7/00, NCJ 182990, U.S. Department of Justice

 • 40% of the offenders of victims under age 6 were themselves juveniles. A similar proportion (39%) of offenders of victims ages 6 through 11 were also juveniles. For older juvenile victims, the proportion of juvenile offenders dropped to 27%.
- Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement, 7/00, NCJ 182990, U.S. Department of Justice

 •Adults were the offender in 60% of the sexual assaults of youth under age 12. Rarely were the offenders of young victims strangers. Strangers were the offender in just 3% of sexual assaults against victims under age 6 and 5% of the sexual assault of victimizations of youth ages 6 through 11.
-Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement, 7/00, NCJ 182990, U.S. Department of Justice

• 1 in 5 violent offenders serving time in a state prison reported having victimized a child.
- BJS Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991

• 2/3 of all prisoners convicted of rape or sexual assault had committed their crime against a child.
- BJS Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991

• Acquaintance perpetrators are the most common abusers, constituting approximately 70-90% of all reported perpetrators.
- Finkelhor, D. 1994

• 89% of child sexual assault cases involve persons known to the child, such as a caretaker or family acquaintance.
- Diana Russell Survey, 1978

• 29% of child sexual abuse offenders are relatives, 60% are acquaintances, and only 11% are strangers.
- Diana Russell, The Secret Trauma, NY:Basic Books, 1986

• For the vast majority of child victimizers in State prison, the victim was someone they knew before the crime. 1/3 had committed their crime against their own child, about 1/2 had a relationship with the victim as a friend, acquaintance, or relative other than offspring, about 1 in 7 reported the victim to have been a stranger to them.
- BJS Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991

• 3/4 of the violent victimizations of children took place in either the victim’s home or the offenders home.
- BJS Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991

• Males are reported to be the abusers in 80-95% of cases
-Thoringer, D., et al., 1988

 • About 60% of the male survivors sampled report at least one of their perpetrators to be female.
- Mendel, 1993

 • All but 3% of offenders who committed violent crimes against children were male.
- BJS Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991

 •The typical offender is male, begins molesting by age 15, engages in a variety of deviant behavior, and molests an average of 117 youngsters, most of whom do not report the offense.
- Dr. Gene Abel in a National Institute of Mental Health Study

• Offenders who had victimized a child were on average 5 years older than the violent offenders who had committed their crimes against adults. Nearly 25% of child victimizers were age 40 or older, but about 10% of the inmates with adult victims fell in that range.
- BJS Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991

• 71% of male offenders are under the age of 35.
- Dr. Ann Burges, Dr. Nicholas Groth, et al. in a study of imprisoned offenders

• 3/4 of sexual predators are younger than 35. About 80% are of normal intelligence or above.
- Profiles from the FBI Academy and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

• Though officially, not considered abuse, the highest incidence of incest occurs among siblings.
- Waterman & Lusk, 1986

• Many clinical settings currently are witnessing a dramatic increase in the number of adolescent offenders who have committed sexually aggressive acts against other children.
- Conte, Jon R., 1986

• While nearly 70% of those serving time for violent crimes against children were white, whites accounted for 40% of those imprisoned for violent crimes against adults.
- BJS Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991

 • Inmates who victimized children were less likely than other inmates to have a prior criminal record-nearly 1/3 of child victimizers had never been arrested prior to the current offense, compared to less than 20% of those who victimized adults.
- BJS Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991

 • Violent child victimizers were substantially more likely than those with adult victims to have been physically or sexually abused when they were children.
- BJS Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991

• 50% of reported child molestations involve the use of physical force and child molesters produce as much visible physical injury as rapists-39% of victims.
- Dr. Gene Abel in a National Institute of Mental Health Study

• About 14% of child victimizers carried a weapon during the violent crime, compared to nearly 1/2 of those who victimized adults.
- BJS Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991

 • About 10% of violent offenders with child victims received life or death sentences and the average prison term was 11 years, somewhat shorter average sentences than received by those with adult victims.
- BJS Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991

• More than 1/2 of all convicted sex offenders are sent back to prison within a year. Within 2 years, 77.9% are back.
- California Department of Corrections

 • Recidivism rates range from 18-45%. The more violent the crime the more likelihood of repeating.
- Studies by the state of Washington

 • 3 in 10 child victimizers reported that they had committed their crimes against multiple victims: they were more likely than those who victimized adults to have had multiple victims.
- BJS Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991

• Like rape, child molestation is one of the most underreported crimes: only 1-10% are ever disclosed.
- FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin

• The behavior is highly repetitive, to the point of compulsion, rather than resulting from a lack of judgment.
- Dr. Ann Burges, Dr. Nicholas Groth, et al. in a study of imprisoned offenders

(Warning! Prepare to be both shocked and appalled!):

Shocked, because you cannot believe a human being can commit these unwarranted actions against another human being and, especially, against innocent children.

Appalled, because you feel helpless in not knowing what to do to protect your child, and also due to social and governmental organizations not using some of your high tax dollars to provide you with adequate information on how best to protect your child.

S  T  A  T  I  S  T  I  C  S

* Every 40 seconds, in the United States alone, a child is reported missing or abducted.

* 1.5 million children are abducted each year. Can you imagine what this figure must be worldwide?

* With approximately 75 million children in the United States, every person has a 1% chance of being snatched away before surviving to adulthood to a parent (even 1% is 1% too much!)

* Of child kidnapping victims, 40% are killed, 4% are never found, with 71% being taken by a complete stranger

* Most abductions occur within a quarter of a mile from the victim’s home

* 32% of child abductions take place on a street or in a car, while another 25% of abductions take place in a park or a wooded area

* In 46% of child abductions (almost half), the child is sexually assaulted

* More than 70% of kidnapping victims are girls

* 75% of kidnapped children are murdered within three hours of their abduction

* In a recent study, nearly three-quarters (that’s 75%!) of the parents surveyed said they feared their child may be abducted (is fear for your child’s life every waking moment any way to live?)

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Another situation involves children and young pre-teens in crowded public places who can easily be snatched away in less than the time it takes to blink an eye.

However, all blame cannot be placed on parents, and I am certainly not seeking to do that. Because, human and social service organizations, whether public, governmental, or private, should be doing far more than they do to educate and inform parents on how to protect their kids.
 

 

“Even as a veteran P. I., I recently reviewed your report to discover that you included several suggestions and resources that I had not previously considered, but which are crucial to a child’s survival.” – Jim Tolliver, Private Investigator


I am of the opinion that there should be a national mandate that guarantees that each of us as parents and as tax-paying citizens receives education and information on protecting our children, who are our future and who will be required to continue carrying our world forward and progressively after us. Unfortunately, at this point and to my knowledge, there is no such mandate readily or widely available.

For over 25 years, John Walsh has dedicated his life to finding horrid criminals who abduct and kill children on television’s “America’s Most Wanted” as a result of his own 6-year-old child, Adam, having become an unfortunate victim of child abduction and, ultimately, murdered by decapitation in 1981.

UPDATE! In December 2008, John and Reve Walsh finally received closure regarding the individual who kidnapped and murdered their son (almost 28 years later!). Read about the final developments at this link.

But! This is NOT an unfortunate situation where you or your family EVER need to find itself. Because, you can, instead, take appropriate and necessary actions and steps right now that are vital by providing the greatly needed prevention in advance at this very moment, instead of later finding it sadly necessary to provide an ongoing cure for a lifelong heartache as the result of a loss of a child for the rest of your and your family’s lives.

And, again, as mutual parents, please read the information on this page completely and its entirety because it can mean the difference between life and death for your child.


The Reality of the State of Today’s World

Try as we may wish, but as you are aware, the world has now become incredibly dangerous, and is becoming more so each day, even though it is a subject that most people still try to put out of their minds and choose not to bring up as a topic for “pleasant” discussion.

But as a parent, do you ever worry over the possibility that your child could become abducted?

On the other hand, perhaps, you have never given it a single thought. Or, maybe you assume that you and your family are completely isolated from it, and that child abduction and kidnapping only happens to “other people.”

Well, remember that the ironic reality is that every one of us is “other people” to someone else.

Abduction/kidnapping is very real, and it occurs worldwide in some context every day. And, the reality is that it can happen to you, to any of us, and to all of us, and it can happen at any time…day, or night…in metropolitan cities and rural areas alike. No person or place is immuned to it completely and, especially, children.

Now, you might think that child abduction and kidnapping mostly occurs in locations where there are few people and less crowds, but you would be shocked to learn that it also occurs very frequently in larger areas, and in crowds and public places where people congregate.

For instance, public city parks, theme parks, highly populated football games, and other such areas where children’s attention can quickly wander and they can easily become distracted and attracted to something else…something that, as a parent, you may never see, but your children do, and will quickly react to it.

And, this particular threat increases accordingly with the number of children that you have with you in public places. I have seen this situation occur often in public areas to parents who thought their child was directly beside them, only to discover in a sudden state of panic that the child had not been with them for a while and is now out of sight.

Whether you choose to believe it or not, let me assure you in no uncertain terms that right now…at this very moment, there are children being watched worldwide by some sick individual, or group of individuals with ulterior motives who are plotting and planning kidnapping for; religious sacrifice, child slavery, gang induction, child prostitution (male and female), and for even more grim reasons and situations.

And, as a result, the questions that you MUST constantly ask yourself without fail are…

“Is MY child one who is being watched RIGHT NOW by some bad person(s)?”
“Is MY child at risk of being abducted?”
“Have I done ALL I can to protect and save the life of MY child?”
“If MY child were abducted, would I ever see him or her alive again?”

Now, go back and review to which questions you can answer “Yes,” No,” or “I’m not sure.” Are you comfortable with the answers?
 

 

“Kenny, had it not been for your report, specifically, I know of two incidents in our city by intended child molesters that would have likely succeeded.”
- Sharon Driscoll, Community Activist


Here’s something else that most parents of school age children rarely (if ever) consider…“School Security.”

Does your child’s school have security? Many (if not most) schools still do not have adequate security, even after 911. And, believe it or not, there are still many schools that have absolutely NO security whatsoever.

And, if your child’s school does NOT have security, is it possible that your child is being watched right now…today or, perhaps, will be watched tomorrow by someone intending harm?

But if your child’s school has security, how adequate is it? Does your child walk to or from school? Does he or she walk with friends, or ALONE?
 

 

“Even after 911, I know firsthand that many schools are still without adequate security personnel and security systems. Hopefully, your report can help change that.” – Julie Hanstetter, Teacher


What about Public Parks? Ever given them much thought as possible child safety concerns? Guess what..most parents have not. Do you allow your child to go to the public park alone? If so, is your public park always highly populated with people or, are there days or times that few people are at it?

More times than I can count, I have witnessed children still playing in public parks at dusk (and, later) when the park is, virtually, vacant. And, as you can imagine, public parks are a vital resource for child abduction and kidnapping, particularly, when they are practically vacant.

Below are some shocking statistics on this horrific deadly crime to prove its ongoing prevalence within our society:


Preventing A Heartbreak Before It Becomes A Heartbreak

Now, if the above negative statistics, which are also documented by both the United States Department of Justice and the United States Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, are about all that you can stand to read at this point, let me happily inform you that there is, indeed, a positive “bright light” at the end of this seemingly long, dark tunnel that can immediately eliminate your and your family ever needing to experience this particular nightmarish dread in your lives.
“Charles, I have not read all but this is outstanding work. The little that I read was so informative. You are right on course…every parent, grandparent should read it.” – Sharon Bonner

And, that “bright light” is my special report that I mentioned at the beginning titled, “Protect Your Child From Kidnappers.” This report provides vital actions and steps you MUST take RIGHT NOW to insure that YOUR child NEVER becomes an unfortunate victimized statistic of this ongoing horrific, deadly crime.

With these little known, yet, powerful actions and steps that you can take, you will ensure that your child always remains safe, secured, and protected, regardless of where he or she is.

I strongly feel that you will find my report very enlightening, self-empowering, and reassuring. And, perhaps best of all at this point, is that I am making it available to you for FREE!. That’s right…this powerful “insider” information is available to you absolutely, no-cost FREE!.

So, please don’t delay any further, procrastinate, or take another risky second in chancing that your child may become abducted or kidnapped, with it bringing you a lifetime nightmare of sorrow.

Get the immediate relief, protection, safety, security, and peace of mind that you will find that only this information can truly bring instantly to you, your child, and your entire family.

Because, your child cannot fend for himself or herself against all of the negative elements that await to prey on helpless children. Needless to say, this is why we are their guardians and protectors.

And, as such, it is our full responsibility and duty as parents to provide their ultimate safety and security as best we can against such vile social dangers as child abduction and kidnapping that await them at the first opportunity.

If you wish to instantly download “Protect Your Child From Kidnappers” to your computer, or if you prefer to read it here on our website without downloading it, please click here.

In advance, I want to thank you for your valuable time in reading this information and, most importantly, for your adding another very important tool and layer of protection in the interest of increasing and maximizing safety and security for your child.

Sincerely,

Kenny Love

13 comments

  1. It saddens me to see these statistics, I wish we lived in a world where child abuse and abduction and where we could look at our cute children’s faces without the fair of nearby peadophiles. I myself do not have any children but if I did the first thing I would do is teach them how to react under situations as presented above- personally I think sex offenders who commit crimes such as child molesting or any crimes having anything to do with children underage should have MUCH harsher punishments…

    • For me, it began in 1968 when a man tried to abduct me from my bike. I was an unusually small child, and also as an adult. Fortunately for me, I was riding my bike to my favorite rabbit hunting spot a good 9 or 10 miles from my home in the very early predawn hours of that Saturday morning. I saw the pick up truck pass by me going unusually slow, and from what I could see, the man was looking at me. As I rounded a curve a couple hundred yards further, I saw the truck was pulled over. As I approached I rode my bike to the opposite side of the road, I was aware of bad people. But as I attempted to ride on by, he rolled his window down and yelled for me to help, something to the effect of needing directions. So still being cautious, i stayed on the opposite side of the road, and asked him what he needed to know. Aware by this time that I was likely onto his intentions, he suddenly jumped out of the truck and ran across the road as I was scrambling to get away. But he was faster than me and managed to grab me, punch me, and cursing at me while I frantically tried to grab for my handgun that was bungy strapped to my bike. As he was dragging me and my bike cause I wouldn’t let go of it, I managed to get my hand on the gun and pulled the trigger, i hadn’t aimed it at him, but only because I was not able to, considering the struggle I was involved in. At that moment he let go of me for a very short second or two, and then tried to get the gun from me, but by that time I was already taking aim and let another round go. He grabbed at his side, so I assume I hit my mark. He then started running back toward his truck screaming stop, ok, ok, I’m leaving. I didn’t have much of a choice but to let him go, as there was no phone or near by houses to seek assistance, or call the police from.

      From that day on it has been one after another encounter from this type of pure evil lurking in our society. Only two years had passed when my sister and I were both abducted. This man had a knife, and if not for the gun in my older sister’s purse, we would have never escaped that abduction. In that abduction, again, I had to use lethal force. That man fought with me, I think I ended up firing 3 shots before he surrendered and let us go. Unfortunately, This happened in California, my sister didn’t have a permit for that gun, so we both decided to not report it to law enforcement for fear of being prosecuted.

      These two incidents only represent a small number of the deadly encounters I’ve experienced. I now live in Az. and will never leave this state, as it allows me to own, carry, and use lethal force as a means self defense, and with ut the need for a bunch of red tape or a permit. Funny, murders and rapists don’t need permits to do their deadly deeds? So why should I as a law abiding citizens need to go through all the red tape? For at least the last 40 yrs. I have carried a gun on my person every day, and every where I go, under my pillow, literally at my reach at all times. Business’s that are posted “no firearms” simply don’t get my business.

      • may god help you through this dubious and dangerous life my friend when through a situation when she was abducted four times and was taken away from her family but thankfully managed to escape each one with no injury or harm done. i was never able to ask her about her abductions or trouble because it would bring so much bad memories and pain to her that she would begin crying. Well would you look at that they say ‘Its a small world’ yet so much harm is done to so many people :’(

  2. A child reported kidnapped or missing every 40 seconds equals roughly 800,000, not 1.5 million a year.

    1.5 reports/minute
    x 60 minutes in an hour
    x 24 hours in a day
    x 365 days in a year.
    = 788400 reports annually.

    Also, at least half of those other statistics disagree wildly with other numbers available around the internet.

    • The figures are used as approximations not pinpoint mathematical equations. But thank you for sharing that with us we will keep it in mind next time we share our figures.

  3. You failed to provide actual statistics, this is a majority about child cases, where are the non-child statistics, rename the page to child abuse and kidnapping, I’m looking for specific statistics.

    • Hi Anon, This entire site is devoted to teaching parents and children the dangers that exist for children, hence the name “Stranger Danger.” Nine out of ten parents have never had this “All Important” talk with their children and it is our mission to educate them using real stories and statistics. If you look you will find tons of statistics for child abuse and abductions on this site, so we are not sure what you mean when you say there are no statistics. Stranger Danger is the name of a nationally used program taught in most martial arts schools. This term has been used by them for the past 38 years. At our school Stranger Danger is part of our curriculum and is taught to every child.

      Unfortunately we can’t cover everything and because we are more concerned with children and their well being. We thought our title was the most appropriate for this subject matter as does the police department (who we partner with) who also teach a course for children. We wish you luck in finding the information your seeking and we are sorry that we were unable to help you.

  4. I really have to wonder at the authenticity of these “statistics”. This website seems to have the ultimate goal of needlessly scaring you (about the abductions. I do believe, though, that sexual abuse is a huge danger to children).

    • Our stats are provided by the Kids Safe Network and the FBI so we have reason to believe that they are accurate. As soon as we receive the FBI update will will re-post them right away. Thanks for your concern.

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