Recently released national child maltreatment data for 2008 show a generally encouraging situation during the first year of the serious recession that began in late 2007. Overall substantiated child maltreatment declined 3% from the previous year, including a 6% decline in sexual abuse. Child maltreatment fatalities stayed stable.
Crimes against Children Research Center
Finkelhor D., Jones, L., and Shattuck, A. (2010). Updated Trends in Child Maltreatment, 2008. Durham, NH: Crimes against Children Research Center.