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What Are The Trends in Child Abduction

What Are The Trends in Child Abduction

High profile cases of child abduction have dominated media and the minds of the American people. The amount of coverage and recognition that these high profile cases carry have led to a general consensus that child abductions by strangers are common and present a risk to all unsupervised or hapless children.
However, trends in child abductions show that this is not the case. In the United States, most cases of child abduction are not by strangers. Contrary to popular belief, most cases of child abduction are by family members of the child.
Statistics for child abduction are often misleading. For example, while the number of serious child abduction cases is remaining relatively low, the numbers of such cases are in fact declining.
Today, most child abductions are by family members, mostly parents. The vast majority of these abductions were not serious, with most children being recovered quickly. In the past, parents preached safety when talking to strangers. Today, this stranger safety education has proven less useful, as the large majority of children are taken by people they know.
Abductions by family members are more than three times more common than stranger abductions, according to the Department of Justice. The increase in the number of divorces has led to a large increase in parental child abductions. In many of these cases, the child is brought into another country. International child abduction has grown to become more of a problem as a result of increased ease of international travel. 
There is no evidence of a growth in stranger child abductions nor is there evidence for a growth in child abductions in general. Only parental and family child abductions has seen an empirical growth.
The typical impression of child abduction, especially in the United States, is that stereotypical stranger abductions are common. The truth is, however, that child abduction today mostly revolves around people whom the child knows. With the increased ease of travel and the growing number of divorces, child abductions are experiencing a statistical trend towards family abductions and away from stranger child abductions.

Returned Vs. Missing Children in Child Abductions

Returned Vs. Missing Children in Child Abductions

About half of child abductions are by family members of the child. In nearly all of these cases, the abducted child is returned to the rightful parent or parents unharmed. Having said that, statistics on child abduction have shown that children abducted by family members have mental and psychological issues stemming from the abduction.
Only 4 percent of stranger abductions led to the child never being found. In over 40 percent of stranger abduction cases, the child was murdered. The overwhelming majority of stranger kidnappings lasted less than 24 hours.
The same was true for non-family abductions, such as those by acquaintances of the child, though in these cases one-third of the abductions lasted 3 hours or less. The abducted child is returned 99 percent of the time in non-family abductions, while stranger abductions only returned the child safe 57 percent of the time.
The large majority of child abduction cases end with children being returned to their homes. That being said, when children are returned following an abduction, they can often retain harmful, damaging memories. The psychological impact of such a traumatic experience is not one that a mind not yet fully matured can easily overcome.

What You Didn’t Know About The Chances of Child abduction increase

What You Didn't Know About The Chances of Child abduction increase

Thousands of children are reported missing every day in the United States. Parents note this seeming epidemic and panic. Three quarters of parents surveyed are afraid of their children being kidnapped. One third of these parents say it is a chronic worry.
To the American public, child abduction appears to be becoming increasingly more dangerous and prevalent. Is this true? Have the percentages of child abduction increased compared to the past?
When broaching the subject to the general public, the idea of a kidnapped child appears more common than in the past. News outlets and newspapers emphasize stories that contain missing children and stories of stranger child abductions leading to horrific outcomes such as murder, sexual abuse, or extortion.