Economic Costs of Child Sexual Abuse

This week, a research study out of the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed that the lifetime economic burden of child sexual abuse (CSA) is over $9 billion. This estimate took into account the major costs associated with CSA such as health care costs, productivity losses, child welfare costs, special education costs, and death/suicide costs. (Letourneau, E., et al., 2018).

In the time of #MeToo and #TimesUp, we must not forget the tiny voices of children who experience sexual abuse. Thank you to researchers Letourneau and Mercy for continuing to shed light on child sexual abuse and its consequences.

To read more about the research, read this article: 

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