Child Sexual Abuse Statistics

Facts About Child Sexual Abuse

  • 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
  • 90% of children who are abused know their abuser.
  • Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults, including those on adults, occur to children ages 17 and under.
  • Approximately 20% of the victims of sexual abuse are under the age of 8.
  • The American Cancer Society estimates there are 12 million cancer survivors in the US. There are over 39 million survivors of sexual abuse.
  • Most child victims never tell.
  • Because every child matters, we must resolve to end child sexual abuse.

Consequences of Child Sexual Abuse

  • Sexually abused children who keep it a secret or who “tell” and are not believed may be at greater risk than the general population for psychological, emotional, social and physical problems often lasting into adulthood.
  • 60% of teen-first pregnancies are preceded by experiences of molestation, rape or attempted rape.
  • 70-80% of sexual abuse victims report excessive drug/alcohol use.
  • Girls who are abused are more likely to develop eating disorders.
  • 50% of abuse victims have thoughts of suicide and 20% have attempted suicide.
  • High school drop-out rates are high among those who are abused.
  • These are just a few of the consequences that have a huge economic impact on our communities.