1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before the age of 18….
1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before the age of 18….
1 in 5 children are solicited sexually while on the internet….
Nearly 70% of all sexual assault reported occurs to children 17 years of age and under….
An estimated 42 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in America today….
Approximately 30% of victims are abused by a family member….
60% of victims are abused by someone the family knows and trust….
Approximately 40% of victims are abused by an older or larger child whom they know….
More than 50% of victims abused by older or larger children are under the age of 12
90% of children who are sexually abused know their abuser
80% of child sex abuse occurs in one on one settings
The median age for reported abuse is 9 years old….
More than 20% of children are sexually abused before the age of 8….
Nearly 50% of all victims of forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling are children under the age of 12….
Over 60% of victims NEVER disclose their abuse to ANYONE….
80% of victims initially deny abuse or are tentative in disclosing…of those that do disclose, 75% do it accidentally, and more than 20% eventually recant even though the abuse DID occur.
Fabricated sexual abuse account for only 1% to 4% of all reported cases. 75% are reported by adults and 25% are reported by children. Children only fabricate 1/2 % (0.5 percent) of the time.
Children who keep it a secret, or they tell and aren’t believed, are at greater risk than the general population for psychological, emotional, physical, and social problems lasting into adulthood….
Serial child molesters can have upward 400 victims in their lifetime….
60% of all teen pregnancies is preceded by experiences of molestation, rape, or attempted rape….
Sexually abused children often become dependent on alcohol and drugs, develop eating disorder, suffer from depression, experience suicidal thoughts, and engage in risky and promiscuous sexual behavior (incl sex in exchange for money).
Help Is Available…..
(click on the links below to navigate to each site)
National Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-RUNAWAY
Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC): 1-800-THE-LOST
National Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453 or 1-800-4-A-CHILD
Hopeline – 1 800 SUICIDE
National Organization for Victim Assistance Helpline: 800-879-6682 (800-TRY-NOVA)
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