Facts About Child Sexual Abuse

  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18.
  • 1 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 the victim and escalates over time and lasting an average of 4 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, 58.7% were acquaintances and only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers.
  • 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 fabricated reports, 75% are reported by adults. Children fabricate sexual abuse less than 1% of the time.
  • It is estimated that there are 60,000,000 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.
  • 1 out of every 4 girls and 1 out of every 6 boys are sexually abused by the age of 18 years old. (National Children’s Alliance 2007)

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