Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Facts

Persons under 18 years of age account for 67% of all sexual assault victimizations reported to law enforcement agencies
— United States Justice Department
  • One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old (National Sexual Violence Resource Center).
  • Children under 12 years old account for 34% of child sexual assault cases reported to police (Bureau of Justice Statistics 2000).
  • 12.3% of girls are age 10 or under at the time of their first victimization, and 30% of girls are between the ages of 11 and 17 (National Sexual Violence Resource Center). 
  • 27.8% of boys are age 10 or under at the time of their first victimization (National Sexual Violence Resource Center). 
  • In the United States, children with any type of disability are 3 times more likely to be sexually abused than non-disabled children (Sullivan & Knutson, 2000).
  • Children’s statements were found to be true in 98% of child abuse cases reported to officials (NSW Child Protection Council).
  • More than 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator (Department of Justice 1997).
  • Child sexual abuse is a severly underreported crime (Broman-Fulks 2006).
  • In the United States, 325,000 children are at risk of becoming victims of commercial child sexual exploitation each year (National Sexual Violence Resource Center).


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