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What is Sexual Abuse

When an adult involves a child in ANY sexual act, including:

  • Fondling
  • Exhibitionism
  • Voyeurism
  • Exposure to pornography
  • Internet "chatting" around sexual topics

Sexual Abuse Can Occur At All Ages

  • More than 67% of all sexual assault victims are under 18
  • 1 in 4 women were sexually abused before age 18
  • 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before age 18
  • 1 in 5 children receive a sexual solicitation while on the Internet
  • The median age for sexually assaulted children is 9 years old
  • 1 in 7 victims of sexual assault reported to law enforcement agencies is under age 6
  • There are approximately 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse in U.S.
  • More than 80% of cases of child sexual abuse occur in one child/one adult situations

Who Are Typical Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse

  • 90% are male
  • 90% are religious
  • 75% are Caucasian
  • 80% are/have been married
  • 65% are middle income or above
  • 50% are college educated

Perpetrators Target Children They Know

Only 10% of perpetrators are strangers.

  • Family member 40%
  • Biological Child 20%
  • Stepchild, Adopted, Foster Child 30%
  • Siblings 10%
  • Nieces and Nephews 20%
  • grandchild 5%
  • Acquaintance 50%
  • Friend, Neighbor 40%
  • Student, Sports participant, etc. 50%
  • babysitter 5%

Most Children Don't Tell

Evidence that a child has been sexually abused is not always obvious, and many children do not report that they have been abused.

  • Over 30% of victims never disclose the experience to ANYONE.
  • Young victims may not recognize their victimization as sexual abuse.
  • Almost 80% initially deny abuse.
  • Fabricated sexual abuse reports constitute only 1% to 4% of all reported cases, and the majority of fabricated reports come from adults.

What Are Some of The Long Term Effects of Abuse?

  • drug and Alcohol dependence
  • depression
  • post-traumatic Stress disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • debilitating Fear
  • Nightmares
  • delinquency
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Sexual disorders
  • prostitution
  • Increased Illness
  • Hospitalizations

What Can Responsible Organizations Who Serve Children and Thier Families Do to Reduce the Risk of Abuse?

  • Pay Attention
  • Understand the Impact
  • Create Hiring policy
  • Create One-on-One policy
  • Create reporting policy
  • Train Employees/Volunteer

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