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The Truth about Child Sexual Abuse

Preventing child sexual abuse is an Adult Responsibility. As adults, we strap babies into car seats, walk children across busy streets, and we ask teenagers questions about where they are going and who they will be with, all to keep them safe. As adults, we should also be responsible for protecting children from sexual abuse. Why, then are we at such a loss when it comes to protecting children from sexual abuse? Child abuse statistics show that adult do not adequately protect children from child sexual abuse, and the main reason is that they don't know how. Research suggests that adults are unaware of effective steps they can take to protect their children from sexual abuse. Most do not know how to recognize signs of sexual abuse and many do not know what to do when sexual abuse is discovered.

THE FACTS

Experts estimate that 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday.This means that in any classroom or neighborhood full of children, there are children who are silently bearing the burden of sexual abuse.

Youth are 2.5 times more likely to be raped than adults.

About 35% of victims are 11 years old or younger.

9% of 10 to 17-year-olds receive a sexual request while on the Internet.

30% of children are abused by family members.

As many as 60% are abused by people the family trusts.

Nearly 40% are abused by older or larger children.

Over 90% of children who are commercially sexually exploited have a history of child sexual abuse.

About 75% of child pornography victims are living at home when they are photographed. Parents are often responsible.

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