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Child Sex Abuse

38% of girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. 16% of boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. In 1994 345,000 sexual abuse incidents were reported to Child Protective Services in the U.S. 90 – 95% of all sexual abuse cases go unreported to the police. In most cases, the child knew the sex offender. With girls, 29% were relatives and 60% were Acquaintances. With boys 16% were relatives and 44% were acquaintances. Fabricated sexual abuse reports constitute 1 to 4 % of cases reported. Physical force was not used in 2/3 of incestuous abuse. Children who grow in a family where there is D.V. are 8 times more likely to be sexually molested within that family. 68% of incest survivors were adult victims of rape or attempted rape by a non-relative at some point in their lives. Women who reported childhood rape were three times more likely to become pregnant before age 18. 70 to 80 % of sexual abuse survivors report excessive use of drugs and alcohol. 70% of child sex offenders had between 1 & 9 victims, 23% had 10 to 40 victims. Approximately 1/3 of all juvenile victims of sexual abuse are children younger than 6 yrs. of age. In 1995 126,000 children who were victims of either substantiated or indicated sexual abuse; of these, 75% were girls. Nearly 30% of child victims were between the ages of 4 & 7.
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