What is Child Sexual Assault?
Child sexual abuse occurs when a child is tricked, forced, coerced, or
manipulated into sexual contact for the
purpose of gratifying the abuser. The sexual abuse can range from
fondling of the child's sexual parts, exposure
of the abuser's sexual parts, having the child touch the abuser's sexual
parts, to intercourse.
Child Sexual Assault
*1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before age
*The average age at which children are sexually abused is
between 7 and 13.
*90% of the time, the child knows her/his abuser.
*Approximately 20% of the victims of sexual abuse are under
age eight. (2006)
*Most child victims never report the abuse. (2006)
*30-40% of children are abused by family members. (2006)
*Nearly 40% are abused by older or larger children. (2006)
*A child is sexually abused in the United States every 2
minutes. (Red Flag/Green Flag Resources).
*One of every seven victims of sexual assault reported to law
enforcement agencies were under age 6.
*Five to fifteen percent of all males, and fifteen to thirty
percent of all females report some type of
exposure to child sexual abuse (Brown, 2000).
*Based on reports to law enforcement, children under 12
constituted roughly 50 percent of all victims of
forcible sodomy, sexual assault with object, and forcible
fondling (Snyder, 2000).
*A longitudinal comparative study of 1,575 people, 908 of
which were abused or neglected in childhood, and the
remainder of which were the control group, shows that the
abuse/neglected group scored significantly lower on an IQ
scale, held significantly more menial and semiskilled jobs, had
1.6 times higher odds of committing crimes as adults, and were
significantly more likely to have attempted a suicide and
developed antisocial personality disorders (Wisdom, 2000).
*Girls who were raped are about three times more likely to
suffer from psychiatric disorders and over four times more
likely to suffer from drug and alcohol abuse in adulthood
(Medical College of Virginia Commonwealth University, 2000).
How To Protect Your Child...
Education is the best defense against child sexual abuse.
To feel good about themselves
The difference between safe and unsafe touch
That their bodies belong to them and no one has a right to hurt them
That safety rules apply to all adults, not just strangers
That they can say “no” to requests that make them feel uncomfortable
That they are not to blame for the sexual abuse
To report to you or another trusted adult if anyone asks them to keep
a secret that makes them feel uncomfortable
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