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American Statistics

38% of girls are sexually abused before the age of 18.

Diana Russell, et al., The Secret Trauma, 1986 (US)

16% of boys are sexually abused before the age of 18.            

David Finkelhor, et al., Sexual Abuse in a National Survey, 1990 (US)

In the adult retrospective study, victimization was reported by 27 % of the women and 16 % 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 % of boys and for 23 % 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 33 % of the men reported never having disclosed the experience to anyone.

Finkelhor et al., 1990 (US).

90 to 95% of all sexual abuse cases go unreported to Police      

National Victim Center handbook, 1991 (US)

It is estimated that there are 60 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse in America today.                                                                                                

Forward, 1993 (US)

Persons with Disabilities and sexual Assault

Among developmentally disabled adults, as many as 83% of the females and 32% of the males are the victims of sexual assault.
Stimson, L. and Best, M.C., "Courage Above All:" Sexual Assault against Women With Disabilities, 1991. (US)

Women with disabilities are raped and abused at a rate at least twice that of the general population of women.
Sobsey, D., 1994. "Violence and Abuse in the Lives of People with Disabilities." (US)

97% to 99% of abusers are known and trusted by the victim who has developmental disabilities.
Balderian, N. 1991. "Sexual Abuse of People with Disabilities." (US) 


The typical child sex offender molests an average of 117 children, most of who do not report the offence.    

National Institute of Mental Health, 1988 (US).

It is estimated that approximately 71 % of child sex offenders are under 35 and knew the victim at least causally. About 80 % of these individuals fall within normal intelligence ranges; 59% gain sexual access to their victims through, seduction or enticement.                

Burgess & Groth, 1984 (US).

Stress indicators such as unrealistic expectations of a child, unemployment and low self-esteem are important characteristics in perpetrators of child abuse.                                

Health & Human Services, 1993 (US).

Approximately 60 % of the male survivors samples report at least one of their perpetrators to be female.                 

Mendel, 1993 (US).


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