Laws against minors dating adults
Physical abuse is the infliction of injury by another person.
Physical abuse can result in bruises, burns, poisoning, broken bones, and internal hemorrhages.Nearly 83% of abused children were abused by a parent or a parent acting with another individual.Physical abuse of adults primarily occurs against women.The United Nations Development Fund for Women estimates that one-third of all women in the world will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused during their lifetime.Abuse is defined as any action that intentionally harms or injures another person.Abuse also encompasses inappropriate use of any substance, especially those that alter consciousness (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamines).
There are several major types of abuse: physical abuse, sexual abuse, substance abuse, elder abuse, and psychological abuse.
All forms of abuse in the United States are illegal and have the potential to carry serious criminal penalties.
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, in 2006 in the United States there were 1,530 child fatalities that resulted from child abuse (a rate of just over 2 deaths per 100,000 children).
Of these, about three-quarters of the children were under four years old, with the largest number of deaths occurring in infants under one year old.
In addition, about 905,000 children were victims of nonfatal maltreatment (a rate of about 12 children 12 per 1,000 population).
Nearly three-quarters of these children were victims of repeated maltreatment.