Getting punched by your brother or sister is sometimes a painful rite of passage, but many U.S. kids also experience other types of assaults, mistreatment and abuse, a big government-funded survey found.
The consequences can include social and emotional troubles, even when the perpetrator is a sibling, other research has found.
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- For all ages grouped together, 37 percent experienced any physical assault in the previous year.
- About 22 percent were by siblings and 16 percent were by peers.
- 41 percent of kids surveyed had more than one direct experience of violence, crime or abuse and 10 percent had six or more.
- 14 percent of girls aged 14 to 17 said they'd been sexually assaulted within the past year and for 4 percent the attack was a rape or rape attempt.
- 15 percent of kids surveyed experienced maltreatment by a parent or other caregiver within the previous year, including 5 percent who experienced physical abuse.
- 9 percent of all physical assaults resulted in injuries, but it jumped to 22 percent in the oldest kids.