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Prevalence of SA in Adolescents

Updated: Aug 19, 2022

Every 9 minutes, child protective services found evidence of sexual abuse. Assailants tend to be related to the child.

  • 34% are family members and 93% are known to victims.

  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 13 boys in the United States experience child sexual abuse

  • The total lifetime economic burden of child sexual abuse in the United States in 2015 was estimated to be at least $9.3 billion

According to the CDC, consequences are sexually transmitted infections, physical injuries, and serious chronic conditions. Additionally, there are serious mental health consequences like depression, post-stress traumatic disorder, and anxiety. Females who experienced child sexual abuse are at 2-13 times increased risk of sexual violence victimization in adulthood

Adults are responsible for ensuring that children have safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. While many current resources are intended to bring justice to the children and stop the assailant, it is important to prioritize preventative measures. Teachers and all adults involved in the child's life have a responsibility to take action if they are concerned that anything inappropriate like child abuse or sexual exploitation is occurring.

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