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Figures for Abuse
Approximately one in three girls is sexually abused
before the age of 18.
Approximately one in four girls is sexually abused
before the age of 14.
Approximately one in six boys is sexually abused
before the age of 16.
An average of 5.5 children per 10,000 enrolled in day
care are sexually abused, an average of 8.9 children out of every 10,000 are
abused in the home.
In 1997, 1,054,000 children were confirmed by CPS as
victims of child maltreatment. This represents 15 out of every 1,000 U.S.
In 1997, over 3 million (3,195,000) children were
reported for child abuse and neglect to child protective service (CPS) agencies
in the United States. This figure represents a 1.7% increase over the number of
children reported in 1996. Child abuse reporting levels have increased 41%
between 1988 and 1997. Experts attribute much of the increase in reporting to
greater public awareness of and willingness to report child maltreatment, as
well as changes in how states collected reports of maltreatment.
In the adult retrosptective study, victimization was
reported by 27 percent of the women and 16 percent of the men. The median age
for the occurrence of reported abuse was 9.9 for boys and 9.6 for girls.
Victimization occurred before age eight for 22 percent of boys and for 23
percent of girls. Most of the abuse of both boys and girls was by offenders 10
or more years older than their victims. Girls were more likely than boys to
disclose the abuse. Forty-two percent of the women and thirty-three percent of
the men reported never having disclosed the experience to anyone.
Studies of the general population of adults show that
anywhere from 6 to 63% of females were sexually abused as children. A 1985 L.A.
Times national survey found that 27% of women and 16% of men reported being
sexually abused prior to age 18 (Finkelhor, 1986). The true extent of sexual
abuse is unknown
Composition of substantiated child abuse | Disclosures of abuse | Sexual Abuse figures | Impact of Sexual Abuse | Statistics about offenders | Possible long term effects | Survey shows increase in abuse
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