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Prevent Sexual Abuse in Children

The sexual victimization of children is in my opinion the most insidious thing on this planet.

In as many as 93 percent of child sexual cases, the child knows the person that commits the abuse.

Abusers will spend months and years planing and orchestrating insidious steps to control victims. Abusers set up this path of lies to establish an emotional connection with a child, in order to lower the child’s inhibitions in preparation for child sexual abuse.

What chance does a victim have when the abuser (like a chess game) predetermines every step the victim may take and blocks it– and the victim blindly trudges ahead into the booby-traps–and she  or he doesn’t know they are playing the game.

Sexual abuse robs children of their childhood and creates a loss of trust, feelings of guilt and self-abusive behavior. It can lead to antisocial behavior, depression, identity confusion, loss of self-esteem and other serious emotional problems. It can also lead to difficulty with intimate relationships later in life.

Childhood Sexual Abuse Statistics

Childhood sexual abuse rarely goes reported so the statistics are low compared to reality. But the reported statistics are beyond alarming. Based on reporting percentages, the real number could be anywhere from 260,000-650,000 a year.

  • As many as one in three girls and one in seven boys will be sexually abused at some point in their childhood.
    Briere, J., Eliot, D.M. Prevalence and Psychological Sequence of Self-Reported Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse in General Population: Child Abuse and Neglecti, 2003, 27 10.
  • This corresponds to results from Stop It Now! telephone public opinion surveys: 29% of women and 14% of men surveyed reported having been sexually abused as children.
    Stop It Now! meta-analysis of ten random digit dialed telephone surveys between 1997 and 2007.
  • Over 78,000 cases of child sexual abuse were reported and substantiatedi in 2006, (Child Maltreatment 2006.) However, this does not include the majority of cases which are never reported to authorities. Only between 12% (see Hanson, 1999) and 30% of cases (Finkelhor, 2008) are reported to authorities.

If you need guidance and resources for a specific situation, visit http://GetHelp.StopItNow.org.

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