Statistics

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15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12.

  • 29% are age 12-17.
  • 44% are under age 18.
  • 80% are under age 30.
  • 12-34 are the highest risk years.
  • Girls ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.

7% of girls in grades 5-8 and 12% of girls in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused.

  • 3% of boys grades 5-8 and 5% of boys in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused.

In 1995, local child protection service agencies identified 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 age of 4 and 7.

93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.

  • 34.2% of attackers were family members.
  • 58.7% were acquaintances.
  • Only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim.

 1 As reported on rainn.org. These and related statistics are available from the "Rape, Abuse and Incest National Resource website RAINN.

Additional Information and Statistics on Child Sexual Abuse

CHILDHELP: Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse In 2009, approximately 3.3 million child abuse reports and allegations were made involving an estimated 6 million children. Approximately 250,800 of those reports included allegations of child sexual abuse. Childhelp mission is to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children by focusing its efforts on advocacy, prevention, treatment, and community outreach.

Children's Bureau: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families The Children's Bureau provides State and national data on adoption and foster care, child abuse and neglect, and child welfare. The Children's Bureau also funds research in collaboration with other organizations.

Child Welfare Information Gateway : U.s Department of Health and Human Services, Admistration for Children & Families The website provides numerous resources on child sexual abuse, including up-to-date statistics and research.

1in6.org Information for and about male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The website offers education and training in local communities to raise public awareness and to help therapists and other professionals give the best possible services to men dealing with the effects of unwanted or abusive boyhood sexual experiences.