THE STATS:
Nationally - 

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE STATISTICS:

  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old. 3

  • Over 58,000 children were sexually abused last year. 1/2

  • 8.3 % of reported child abuse cases were sexual abuse.1

  • 34% of people who sexually abuse a child are family members. 4

  • 12.3% of girls were age 10 or younger at the time of their first rape/victimization, and

       30% of girls were between the ages of 11 and 17. 2

  • 27.8% of boys were age 10 or younger at the time of their first rape/victimization. 2

  • 96% of people who sexually abuse children are male, and 76.8% of people who sexually abuse children are adults. 4

  • 325,000 children are at risk of becoming victims of commercial child sexual exploitation each year. 5

  • Caregiver alcohol or drug abuse is a child abuse risk factor putting kids at much higher risk for being abused. 1

  • The average age at which girls first become victims of prostitution is 12 to 14 years old, and the average age for boys is 11 to 13 years old. 5

Georgia - 

Henry County - 

References:

  1. Child Maltreatment 2014. Published: January 2016. An office of the Administration for Children & Families, a division of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This report presents national data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services agencies in the United States during federal fiscal year 2014. Retrieved from: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/cm2014.pdf

  2. Black, M. C., Basile, K. C., Breiding, M. J., Smith, S .G., Walters, M. L., Merrick, M. T., … Stevens, M. R. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 summary report. Retrieved from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control: http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/NISVS_Report2010-a.pdf

  3. Finkelhor, D., Hotaling, G., Lewis, I. A., & Smith, C. (1990). Sexual abuse in a national survey of adult men and women: Prevalence, characteristics and risk factors. Child Abuse & Neglect 14, 19-28. doi:10.1016/0145-2134(90)90077-7

  4. National Sexual Violence Resource Center. (2011). Child sexual abuse prevention: Overview. Retrieved from http://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/Publications_NSVRC_Overview_Child-sexual-abuse-prevention_0.pdf

  5. National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. (2012). National Plan to Prevent the Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children. Retrieved from http://www.preventtogether.org/Resources/Documents/NationalPlan2012FINAL.pdf

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