10 Confronting Child Sexual Abuse Statistics
  • 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 12 boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
  • 85% of sexual offenders are known to the child.
  • 84% of sexual victimization of children under 12 occurs in a residence.
  • 3 to 8 years is the most likely age for children to be exposed to sexual assault.
  • Up to 1/3 of reported offences are committed by adolescents.
  • 71% of sexually abused women were first abused under the age of 12.
  • In 98% of reported child abuse cases, children's statements were found to be true.
  • 1 in 3 adults would not believe a child if they disclosed sexual abuse.
  • 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.
  • 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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