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Sexual Abuse : Facts and Figures

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– In the USA, experts estimate that about 1 in every 4 girls and 1 in every 6 boys are sexually molested at least once during their childhood

– Approximately 30% of individuals who molest children target a member of their own family

– Approximately a further 60% of child molesters target a child that they know (but who is not a member of their family)

– About 7 out of every 10 child molesters report that they themselves were abused during their childhood (however, it of course does NOT follow from this that all individuals who were sexually molested as children will go on to become child molesters themselves in a so-called ‘cycle of abuse’. Indeed, evidence for such a ‘cycle of abuse’ is ambiguous and inconclusive).

– Men are far more likely to sexually abuse children than are women. Research suggests the ratio is approximately 10 : 1. However, it has been suggested by some experts that sexual contact between adult women and underage boys is less likely to be reported

– Research shows that children who reside with a single parent or with a single parent and the partner of that parent who is not biologically related the child are about 8 times more likely to be sexually molested when compared with children who live with both their married, biological parents.

– Any form of significant abuse can adversely affect the physical development of the brain which, in turn, can lead to serious psychological problems in adult life, including an extreme

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