Learning the facts is the first step to preventing child sexual abuse.

The statistics and facts below can help you understand what child sexual abuse is, the risk factors and consequences for survivors, and how to identify and report suspected abuse. For all statistics and references, download the full statistics PDF.

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The Magnitude of the Problem

Child sexual abuse is far more prevalent than people realize. Find out how big the problem really is.
Magnitude Statistics

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About Perpetrators

Those who molest children look and act just like everyone else. Abusers can be neighbors, friends, and family members.
Perpetrator Statistics

CIRCUMSTANCES

Circumstances of Abuse

Child sexual abuse takes place under
specific, often surprising circumstances.
Circumstances Statistics

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Risk Factors

While no child is immune, there are child and family characteristics that can heighten the risk of sexual abuse.
Risk Factor Statistics

CONSEQUENCES

Consequences of Abuse

Emotional and mental health problems are often the first consequence and sign of child sexual abuse.
Consequences Statistics

REPORTING

Facts on Reporting

Only about one third of child sexual abuse incidents are identified and even fewer are reported.
Reporting Statistics

SIGNS

Signs of Abuse

Do you know what to do if you suspect or discover child sexual abuse? Learn the facts about signs of abuse that will help you identify when to report.
What to Do Facts

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All Statistics

Download a pdf with all statistics.
All Statistics