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.