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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.

About the CDC-Kaiser ACE Study |Child Abuse & Neglect|CDC. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/acestudy/about.html

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

Greenfeld, L. A. (1997). Sex offenses and offenders: an analysis of data on rape and sexual assault. Washington DC: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

30% of sexual abuse perpetrators are family members.

Greenfeld, L. A. (1997). Sex offenses and offenders: an analysis of data on rape and sexual assault. Washington DC: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

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

Sullivan, P. M., & Knutson, J. F. (2000). Maltreatment and Disabilities: A Population-Based Epidemiological StudyChild Abuse & Neglect24(10), 1257–1273.

Sexual abuse can lead to increased risk of substance abuse.

Fergusson, D. M., Mcleod, G. F., & Horwood, L. J. (2013). Childhood Sexual Abuse and Adult Developmental Outcomes: Findings from a 30-year longitudinal study in New ZealandChild Abuse & Neglect37(9), 664–674.

Sexual abuse can lead to increased risk of unhealthy relationships.

Krahé, B., & Berger, A. (2017). Gendered Pathways From Child Sexual Abuse to Sexual Aggression Victimization and Perpetration in Adolescence and Young AdulthoodChild Abuse & Neglect63, 261–272.

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

Yancey, C. T., & Hansen, D. J. (2010). Relationship of Personal, Familial, and Abuse-Specific Factors with Outcome Following Childhood Sexual AbuseAggression and Violent Behavior15(6), 410–421.

Age-appropriate conversations reduce the risk for sexual abuse.

Tolman, D. L., & McClelland, S. I. (2011). Normative Sexuality Development in Adolescence: A Decade in Review, 2000-2009Journal of Research on Adolescence21(1), 242–255.

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

Canadian Centre for Child Protection|Child Sexual Abuse – cybertip.ca. Retrieved from https://www.cybertip.ca/pdfs/C3P_ChildSexualAbuse_ItIsYourBusiness_en.pdf

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

Wolak, J., Mitchell, K., & Finkelhor, D. (2006). Online Victimization of Youth: Five Years LaterPsycEXTRA Dataset.

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