10 Child Sexual Abuse Statistics

  1. 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
  2. 95% of sexual offenders are known to the child. Only 5% are strangers.
  3. 84% of sexual victimization of children under 12 occurs in a residence.
  4. 453 pedophiles were collectively responsible for the molestation of over 67,000 children, averaging 148 children per individual.
  5. 3 to 8 years is the most likely age for children to be exposed to sexual assault.
  6. 71% of sexually abused women were first abused under the age of 12.
  7. In 98% of reported child abuse cases, children’s statements were found to be true.
  8. 1 in 3 adults would not believe a child if they disclosed sexual abuse.
  9. 73% of child victims do not tell about the abuse for at least 1 year.  45% do not tell for 5 years; some never disclose.
  10. As high as 81% of men and women in psychiatric hospitals have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse.  67% were abused as children.
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