1 out of every 3 girls and 1 out of every 7 boys will be victims of sexual abuse before the age of 18. In approximately 80% of these cases, the perpetrator will be a family member. 


1 out of every 10 children lives in a home where reports of abuse have been filed with protective service agencies. 


Domestic violence, most often involving some form of sexual abuse, remains the #1 reason that women in the U.S. seek emergency medical care. Every 9 seconds, a woman is assaulted or beaten. 1 out of every 5 women has been raped.


... and these are only the statistics of those who come forward and report their abuse. 


In a recent survey of 1,000 Protestant ministers within the U.S., 37% of the pastors stated they believed that less than 5% of their congregation had experienced domestic abuse/violence. Less than 10% of respondents accurately assessed the prevalence of abuse within their congregations, based on national data.


…is any contact or interaction (visual, verbal, or psychological) between a child/adolescent and adult or someone stronger/more influential where the child/adolescent is being used for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator or any other person.

Sexual abuse is much broader than forced, unforced, or simulated intercourse. It includes any touching, rubbing, or patting that is meant to arouse sexual pleasure in the offender.

Sexual abuse can take place in any relationship where the man or woman is abusive or controlling concerning sex, even in marriage. 

If the woman says “No” and the man physically forces himself on her, that is rape.

…is any intentional use of physical force with the intent to control a partner through fear or injury.

Physical abuse may include (but is not limited to) such acts of violence as striking (with or without an object), hitting, beating, pushing, shoving, shaking, slapping, kicking, pinching, and burning.

In addition, inappropriate use of drugs and physical restraints, force-feeding, and physical punishment of any kind also are examples of physical abuse.

…is an attempt to control a partner through the manipulation of their self-esteem, sense of personal security, relationships with others, and/or their perception of reality.

Often it results in the victim feeling worthless and responsible for the abuse.

Emotional or psychological abuse is the infliction of anguish, pain, or distress through verbal or nonverbal acts.

This includes (but is not limited to) verbal assaults, insults, manipulation, threats, intimidation, humiliation, and harassment.

…takes place when leaders to whom people look for guidance and spiritual nurture use their positions of authority to manipulate, control, and dominate. 

Spiritual abuse happens when a leader with spiritual authority uses that authority to coerce, control, or exploit a follower, thus causing spiritual wounds.

Spiritual abuse is similar to other types of abuse, but it’s committed under the banner of spirituality. It can be subtle or painfully loud—anything from unquestioned pastoral authority, to practices of shaming members if they don’t fulfill religious expectations, to badmouthing members who have left.

…refers to a person harming his/her own body on purpose. Another term for self-harm is self-abuse.

Self-injury is the act of deliberately harming the surface of your own body.

It is the act of deliberately causing harm to oneself either by causing a physical injury, by putting oneself in dangerous situations and/or self neglect.

Cutting, burning, biting, substance abuse, head-banging, hitting, taking personal risks, picking and scratching, neglecting oneself, pulling out hair, eating disorders (bulimia, anorexia, overeating), overdosing and self-poisoning are all within the confines of this form of abuse.

…is typically referring to the refusal or failure to provide a person with life necessities.

These can include food, water, clothing, shelter, personal hygiene, medicine, comfort, personal safety, and other essentials included in an implied or agreed-upon responsibility to a person.

This is a form of emotional/verbal abuse that uses technology or social media to intimidate, harass, control, bully, stalk or threaten a current or ex-partner.

Digital abuse can also take the form of cyber-bullying, which is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.