Break the Cycle - Helping survivors of abuse
1 in 4* or, in some research ,1 in 3 girls and
1 in 7 or, in some research, 1 in 6* boys
will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.

Nearly 3/4 of victims will not tell anyone for at least a year.
Nearly half of victims will wait at least 5 years before telling.
Some never tell. **

90% of cases are never reported. Ever.
Which mean the majority of sexual offenders are
walking the streets free and unknown to society.
  • A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.
  • Almost five children die every day as a result of child abuse. More than three out of four are under the age of 4.*****

  • The Abusers:
    • 30-40% are immediate or extended family members of the victim.***
    • As many as 50% of abusers know their victims and are in a position of trust with the victim and/or family.***
    • As many as 40% of abusers are larger or older children - siblings, cousin, friends, neighbors, community members ****
    • Only 10% are estimated to be strangers****

    The Victims:
    • The average age for reported sexual abuse is 9 years.
    • 50% of all victims of forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling are under age twelve
    • 20% of children will receive a sexual solicitation via the internet

    The Cost Victims Pay:
    Children that are sexually abused are at a higher risk to suffer from: low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, obesity. attempted suicide or suicide, and prostitution.

    *(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006)
    **(Smith et al., 2000; Broman-Fulks et al., 2007)
    ***Elliot, M., Browne, K., & Kilcoyne, J. (1995). Child sexual abuse prevention: What offenders tell us. Child Abuse & Neglect, 5, 579-594
    ****Kilpatrick, D., Saunders, B.W., & Smith, D. (2003). Youth victimization: Prevalence and implications. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice Report.
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