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  • 30% of sexual abuse perpetrators are family members.
  • 1 in 5 children will be sexually abused before age 18.
  • 90% of children know their abuser.
  • 30% of sexual abuse perpetrators are family members.
  • 1 in 5 children will be sexually abused before age 18.
  • 90% of children know their abuser.

FACTS & CITED SOURCES

We know how important protecting your child from sexual abuse is, so we work to provide credible information. Here are some of our sources.

1 in 5 children is sexually abused before they turn 18.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “About the CDC-Kaiser ACE Study,” 2016, https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/about.html.

Children know their perpetrator in 90% of sexual abuse cases.

National Sex Offender Public Website, U.S. Department of Justice, “Raising Awareness about Sexual Abuse: Facts and Statistics,” https://www.nsopw.gov/en-US/Education/FactsStatistics.

30% of sexual abuse perpetrators are family members.

National Sex Offender Public Website, U.S. Department of Justice, “Raising Awareness about Sexual Abuse: Facts and Statistics,” https://www.nsopw.gov/en-US/Education/FactsStatistics.

Children with disabilities are 3 times more likely to be victims of sexual abuse.

Patricia M. Sullivan and John F. Knutson, “Maltreatment and Disabilities: A Population-Based Epidemiological Study,” Child Abuse & Neglect, Vol. 24, No. 10, 2000, p. 1261.

Sexual abuse can lead to increased risk of substance abuse.

David M. Fergusson, Geraldine F. H. McLeod, and L. John Horwood, “Childhood Sexual Abuse and Adult Development Outcomes: Findings from a 30-year Longitudinal Study in New Zealand,” Child Abuse & Neglect, Vol. 37, 2013, p. 665.

Sexual abuse can lead to increased risk of unhealthy relationships.

Barbara Krahé and Anja Berger, “Gendered Pathways from Child Sexual Abuse to Sexual Aggression Victimization and Perpetration in Adolescent and Young Adulthood,” Child Abuse and Neglect Vol. 63, 2017, p. 261.

With proper support, children who are abused can return to healthy living.

C. Thresa Yancey and David J. Hansen, “Relationship of Personal, Familial, and Abuse-Specific Factors with Outcome Following Childhood Sexual Abuse,” Aggression and Violent Behavior, Vol. 15, 2010, p. 413.

Age-appropriate conversations reduce the risk for sexual abuse.

Sandy K. Wurtele and Maureen C. Kenny, “Normative Sexuality Development in Childhood: Implications for Developmental Guidance and Prevention of Childhood Sexual Abuse,” Counseling and Human Development, Vol. 43 No. 9, 2011, p. 4.

Abuse survivors often don’t disclose their abuse until adulthood.

Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Child Sexual Abuse: It Is Your Business, 2014, p. 10, https://www.cybertip.ca/pdfs/C3P_ChildSexualAbuse_ItIsYourBusiness_en.pdf.

34% of youth internet users experience unwanted exposure to sexual material.

Jane Wolak, Kimberly Mitchell, and David Finkelhor, “Online Victimization of Youth: Five Years Later, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 2006, p. 29, http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/pdf/CV138.pdf.

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