The Economic Impact of Child Sexual Abuse

What Are the Financial Costs?

As a tax-payer you'll be shocked to find out. The average lifetime cost per victim of child abuse is $210,012* costing the U.S. billions annually.

These expenses are largely paid for by the public sector - the taxpayer.

The costs include:

  • Healthcare costs
  • Criminal justice costs
  • Child welfare costs
  • Special education costs
  • Productivity losses
Add this to the fact that child sexual abuse is a root cause of many other devastating societal ills.

For more on the impact of child sexual abuse, visit our statistics page.


*Fang, X., Brown, D., Florence, C., Mercy, J. (2012) The economic burden of child maltreatment in the United States and implications for prevent.  Child Abuse & Neglect, 36:2,156-165