Would you know the signs to look for if you suspected that someone – a child - in your life was being sexually abused?
The National Center for Victims of Crime reports: "the prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is often not reported; experts agree that the incidence is far greater than what is reported to authorities. CSA is also not uniformly defined, so statistics may vary."
A grave consequence of involvement in pornography use is an eventual acting out; trying the things being viewed with a real person...or child. It has been our observation, and various reports indicate, that perpetrators of child sexual abuse are often frequent users of pornography. Unfortunately, the victims too often suffer in silence.
It is our desire to speak truth and help raise awareness about this issue, to empower you to get help or to be a voice for the one being abused. It is our hope that by publishing this information we all will have a new awareness of those around us who might be suffering in silence, and be willing to offer help and hope.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau report Child Maltreatment 2010 found that 9.2% of victimized children were sexually assaulted (page 24).
- Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident;
- During a one-year period in the U.S., 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
- Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
- Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13.
- Child sexual abuse is not solely restricted to physical contact; such abuse could include noncontact abuse, such as exposure, voyeurism, and child pornography.
Understanding the Risks of Sexual Abuse
- 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 16 (Fergusson & Mullen, 1999).
- Gender is also a major factor in sexual abuse. Females are 5 times more likely to be abused than males (Sedlack, et. al., 2010).
- Female adult survivors of child sexual abuse are nearly three times more likely to report substance use problems (40.5% versus 14% in general population), (Simpson and Miller, 2002).
Darkness to Light, a national child sexual abuse organization, has information to help readers understand who is likely to become a victim, where and when abuse occurs, facts about sexual abuse and connections to the internet, as well as short and long term consequences for abuse vicitms.
Recognize the Signs
If we are to try and help those we suspect are being sexually abused, we must recognize the signs knowing there may be none that are very obvious.
We need to recognize the physical signs and emotional or behavioral signals that can often serve as a red flag. These warning flags can often be obvious, but be aware that in some children there are no signs whatsoever. Learn more.
Would you know the signs? Would you be able to recognize if someone you loved was being sexually abused? An abuse victim speaks out so that we can learn from her experience. Will you take the time to read her story?
Please note that this information is for raising awareness, informational purposes only. We strongly urge you to speak with a professional directly if you have any questions or concerns about this topic.
Learn More About Sexual Abuse
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Do you know where you would go to get help if your child was sexually abused? Do you know what agencies would be involved, or whether you would need to call the police? Reporting Child Sexual Abuse to the Authorities
This section is dedicated to those who survived sexual abuse.
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