SEXUAL CHILD ABUSE
What happens to kids during childhood shapes who they become as adults. Today we say #ItsTime to change the way we represent, treat, and protect our children in America. All kids deserve a good chance at life! It starts in childhood.
What is Sexual Abuse?
Sexual child abuse is a type of maltreatment, violation, and exploitation that refers to the involvement of the child in sexual activity to provide sexual gratification or financial benefit to the perpetrator. It includes contact for sexual purposes, molestation, statutory rape, prostitution, pornography, exposure, incest, or other sexually exploitative activities.
What happens to kids during childhood shapes who they become as adults.
Children living through abuse and violence, unnecessarily suffer the ill effects of this trauma for the rest of their lives. #ITSTIME FOR CHANGE
Sexual Abuse Statistics
- 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old. 3
- Over 65,000 children were sexually abused in 2016. 1
- 8.6 % of reported child abuse cases were sexual abuse. 1
- 34% of people who sexually abuse a child are family members. 4
- 12.3% of girls were age 10 or younger at the time of their first rape/victimization, and 30% of girls were between the ages of 11 and 17. 2
- 27.8% of boys were age 10 or younger at the time of their first rape/victimization. 2
- 96% of people who sexually abuse children are male, and 76.8% of people who sexually abuse children are adults. 4
- 325,000 children are at risk of becoming victims of commercial child sexual exploitation each year. 5
- Caregiver alcohol or drug abuse is a child abuse risk factor putting kids at much higher risk for being abused. 1
- The average age at which girls first become victims of prostitution is 12 to 14 years old, and the average age for boys is 11 to 13 years old. 5
Types of Child Abuse
Shaken Baby Syndrome
Trafficking & Exploitation
Click for References & Sources
- Child Maltreatment 2017. Published: January 2019. An office of the Administration for Children & Families, a division of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This report presents national data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services agencies in the United States during federal fiscal year 2017. Retrieved from https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/cm2017.pdf
- Black, M. C., Basile, K. C., Breiding, M. J., Smith, S .G., Walters, M. L., Merrick, M. T., … Stevens, M. R. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 summary report. Retrieved from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control: http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/NISVS_Report2010-a.pdf
- Finkelhor, D., Hotaling, G., Lewis, I. A., & Smith, C. (1990). Sexual abuse in a national survey of adult men and women: Prevalence, characteristics and risk factors. Child Abuse & Neglect 14, 19-28. doi:10.1016/0145-2134(90)90077-7
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center. (2011). Child sexual abuse prevention: Overview. Retrieved from http://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/Publications_NSVRC_Overview_Child-sexual-abuse-prevention_0.pdf
- National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. (2012). National Plan to Prevent the Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children. Retrieved from http://www.preventtogether.org/Resources/Documents/NationalPlan2012FINAL.pdf