FAQs & Facts


FACTS ABOUT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

• One in 4 girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18

• One in 5 youth received a sexual approach or solicitation over the Internet in the past year

• Abuse typically occurs within a long-term, on-going relationship between the offender and victim

escalates over time and lasts an average of four years

• Less than 10% of child sexual abuse is reported to the police

• Children are most vulnerable between ages 8 -12

• 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their offender, 34.2% of the offenders were family

members and 58.7% were acquaintances and only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the

• Women who experienced sexual abuse as a child are 2 to 3 times more likely to be sexually

assaulted later in life

• Fabricated sexual abuse reports constitute only 1% to 4% of all reported cases. Of these reports

75% are reported by adults. Children fabricate sexual abuse less than 1% of the time

• It is estimated that there are 60 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse in America today

• High rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, dissociative disorders, interpersonal

dysfunction, sexual problems and suicidal ideation have all been identified to varying degrees

among men and women who survive child sexual abuse

• Rape and sexual abuse of children to cost $1.5 billion in medical expenses and $23 billion

total annually to US victims year and indirect costs (long term economic consequences of child

maltreatment) exceed an estimated $69 billion annually (CDC 2001)

• When sexually abused children are not treated, society must later deal with resulting problems

such as mental health issues, drug and alcohol abuse, crime, suicide and the perpetuation of a

cycle of sexual abuse

• One out of every 4 girls and one out of every 6 boys are sexually abused by the age of 18 years

old. National Children’s Alliance 2007

Sources:

•http://www.cdc.gov/ace/prevalence.htm

•http://www.abuse-assaultservices.org/abuse.html

•http://www.parentsformeganslaw.org/public/statistics_childSexualAbuse.html

•http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm

•http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/

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