Facts

  • 1 out of 4 girls, and 1 out of 6 boys, will be sexually abused before the age of eighteen.
  • Over 90% of child sexual abuse is committed by a family member or a person the child knows and trusts.
  • Only 3% of child sexual abuse incidents and 12% of child rapes are reported to the police.
  • Criminal action is taken in only 24% of substantiated cases of child sexual abuse and only 1-2% are convicted. The perpetrators spend less than a year in jail or prison.
  • Less than 4% of victims disclose the incest and usually never to a parent.
  • One in 15 families have incurred an incestual relationship.
  • Boys are less likely than girls to disclose abuse due to the social stigma.
  • Eighty-two percent to 88% of perpetrators are male.
  • Only 12% or less of perpetrators are rehabilitated and do not become repeat offenders.
  • Sibling incest comprises 33% of reported cases.
  • Fifty percent of sibling or child offenders (under the age of eighteen) do not molest as adults.
  • When the father is the perpetrator and prosecuted, the mother’s income drops by 73%.
  • Females who disclose before the age of 10 years of age are more likely to benefit from psychotherapy and intervention than when the victim is an adolescent at the time of disclosed.
  • Child sexual abuse does not discriminate by race, income, profession, religion or region of the country.

National Statistics 2008

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