Things you should know.
- When not treated, the suicide rate among sexually abused boys was 1 ½ to 14 times higher, and reports of multiple substance abuse among sixth grade boys who were molested was 12 to 40 times greater.
- Source: Dr. William C. Holmes, University of Pennsylvania
- Approximately 95% of teenage prostitutes report that they had been sexually abused children.
- The typical child sex offender molests an average of 117 children, most of whom do not report the offense. Girls are sexually abused three times more often than boys; Boys have a greater risk of emotional neglect and serous injury than girls.
- Source: National Institute of Mental Health
- It is estimated that there are 60 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse in America today.
- Children often fail to report because of fear that disclosure will bring consequences even worse than being victimized again. The victim may fear consequences from the family, feel guilty for consequences to the perpetrator.
- Approximately 31% of women in prison state that they had been sexually abused as children.
- When sexually abused boys are not treated, society must later deal with the resulting problems, including crime, suicide, drug use and more sexual abuse. The earlier studies found that 33% of juvenile delinquents, 40% of sexual offenders and 76% of serial rapists report they were sexually abused as youngsters.
- In the adult retrospective study, victimization was reported by 27% of the women and 15% of the men. The median age for the occurrence of reported abuse was 9.9 years fr boys and 9.6 years for girls. Victimization occurred before age eight for 22% of boys and for 23% of girls. Most of the abuse of both boys and girls was by offenders 10 or more years older than their victims. Girls were more likely than boys to disclose the abuse. 42% of the women and 33% of the men reported never having disclosed the experience to anyone.