Women are actually more likely to abuse their children than men are, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. In a report on child maltreatment issues in 2010, the department reported that 53.6 percent of all child abusers were women, compared to 45.2 percent who were men. (The rest were of unknown sex.) Four fifths of duplicate offenders were parents, meaning that kids are more likely to be abused by their mothers than any other person in their lives.