What are the Consequences/Costs of Child Abuse for Society?
Because child abuse victims are more likely to have mental and physical health problems as they grow up, the cost to society for health care is dramatically impacted by child abuse; some experts have suggested that this cost could be as much as $9 billion annually.
The cost of teen pregnancies attributable to child sexual abuse could be as high as $2 billion annually.
Child abuse victims are at an increased risk of sexually-transmitted diseases, and experts suggest that over $1.5 billion of the annual cost for this is attributable to child sexual abuse.
These are just some of the costs.
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Child Advocacy Centers reduce the long-term cost to society by helping child victims to begin the healing process and to stay on the path to a healthy and safe future.
Foothills Child Advocacy Center is based on a national child advocacy model that uses best practices to minimize trauma and to provide the assessment and referral services and the mental and physical health care that a child victim needs.