Child sexual abuse affects people of all races, religion and socioeconomic backgrounds. So, it's very likely that you know a child who has been or is being abused. The facts are staggering.
- 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
- 30% of children are abused by family members.
- As many as 60% are abused by people known to the family and whom they trust.
- 35% of victims are 11 years old or older.
- Nearly 40% are abused by older or larger children.
You can probably remember being told about "Stranger Danger" as a child. Well, Stranger Danger is a MYTH. Research has shown that children are at greater risk of being victimized by a family member or friends than they are a stranger. The abusers look and act like everyone else. They may even go out of their way to appear trustworthy, frequenting places where they can gain easy access to children.
The reality is that child sexual abuse impacts everyone. It's the root cause of many health and social problems we face in our communities. Here's how the consequences impacts children and our society.
- 70-80% of sexual abuse survivors report excessive drug and alcohol use.
- One study showed that among male survivors, 50% have suicidal thoughts and more than 20% attempt suicide.
- Young girls who are sexually abused are more likely to develop eating disorders as adolescents.
- More than 60% of teen first pregnancies are preceded by experiences of molestation, rape or attempted rape.
- Both males and females who have been sexually abused are more likely to engage in prostitution.
- The CDC estimates that child abuse costs us billions annually.
- Sexually abused children who keep the abuse a secret or who “tell” and are not believed are at greater risk for psychological, emotional, social, and physical problems, often lasting into adulthood.
Now that you know the facts, please share this information with others.
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