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Stats on Child Abuse

An adult retrospective study found that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted before age 18.   -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006


Youths suffer higher rates of sexual assault than adults. In 2000, the victimization rate for youths age 12 to 17 was 2.3 times that of adults.

-U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2000


Family members commit 39% of the reported sexual assaults on children, acquaintances to the child and family commit 56%, only 5% are committed by strangers.

-Snyder, Howard N. National Incident-Based Reporting System, 2000


34% of child sexual abuse is perpetrated by juveniles.

-Snyder, 2000


70% of child sex offenders have between 1 and 9 victims. 20% have 10 to 40 victims.

-Elliot & Kilcoyne, 1995


Some offenders do have a large number of victims. A study of pedophiles who molest boys found that they committed an average of 282 offenses against 150 victims.

-Grossman, et. al. 1999


Family structure is the most important factor in determining a child’s risk of being sexually abused. Children who live with two married, biological parents are at the lowest risk. The risk begins to escalate when children live with step-parents or single parents. Children living in foster care, without both parents, are 10 times more likely to be abused than those living with two biological parents. The highest risk is for children living with a single parent that has a live-in partner. They are 20 times more likely to be abused than children that live with biological parents.

-Sedlack, et. al. 2010


Convicted offenders report that they looked for passive, quiet, troubled, lonely children from single parent or broken homes.

-Budin & Johnson, 1989


Age is a significant risk factor in child sexual abuse. Those most vulnerable are between the ages of 7 to 13.

- Finkelhor, 1994


The median age for reported abuse is 9 years old

-Putnam, 2003


Race and ethnicity also seem to play a role in determining a child’s risk. African American children are almost two times more at risk than white children. Hispanic children also have a slightly higher risk than non-Hispanic white children.


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