Child Sexual Abuse Facts
How Many Children are Sexually Abused in the U.S.
The number of children enduring the nightmare of sexual abuse is staggering. Think about the children you know… Think about the children in your neighborhood… the children in your town. Now understand the reality of what is happening to these children.
- 1 in 4 girls (25%) will be sexually assaulted before they reach the age of 18.
- 1 in 6 boys (17%) will be sexually assaulted before they reach the age of 18.
- 67% of all the rape victims in the U.S. are children under the age of 18.
- 34% of all the rape victims in the U.S. are under the age of 12.
- 93% of sexually victimized children know their abuser.
- 39% of sexually victimized children are abused by a family member.
- 1/3 of sexually victimized children are abused by other children.
Experts believe that 95% of childhood sexual abuse can be prevented and education is the key.
Child Rescue Network is committed to providing some of that education in the form of our Empowerment Not Fear Program that is literally changing the way parents and communities think and act when it comes to protecting their children.
In the United States, there are over 40 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse… and that’s the reported cases. With only about 30% of abuse getting reported, the actual number could easily be over 100 million. That’s nearly 1/3 of the population!
The Centers for Disease Control have called child sexual abuse a national health crisis. The impact on lives is tragic and the CDC reports that the cost of dealing with a year’s worth of child abuse cases is over $124 billion during the children’s lifetime!
One of the factors that makes dealing with child sexual abuse so difficult is the lack of reporting. While raising awareness has helped, there are still so many children suffering in silence. With 39% of sexual abuse being perpetrated by a family member, the challenge increases even more.
Many families turn a blind eye, ignoring the signs that someone in the family is a child molester. Often, while they know, they choose to do what they feel protects the family image. No one wants to admit that someone they love victimizes kids. This is the same thing that happened to the Catholic Church, Penn State and many others. They decided that the image of the institution was more important than the children.
Thankfully, the light being shined on such travesties is growing brighter.
What we must realize is that people who molest children are sick. They have a mental illness. They must receive help and often the only way that happens is to go through the criminal process.
Every state has an organization or agency responsible for taking reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. Here is a link to find your state. If you think a child is in immediate danger call your local police or 911.