LITTLE GIRLS SEXUAL ABUSE AND CHILD VICTIMS NOT LIMITED TO POLYGAMY
HOW DOES ONE RECOGNIZE SEXUAL PERPETRATORS
Little girls sexual abuse and learning the facts is the first step in preventing child and little girls sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse is far more prevalent than people realize and the crisis of little girls sexual abuse at a level more harmful than ever before. About one in seven girls will be sexually abused before they turn 18. The public is not fully aware of the problem as only about 38% of child victims or little girls sexual abuse victims disclose the fact that they have been sexually abused.
The fact is those who molest children look and act just like everyone else. There are people who have or will sexually abuse children in churches, schools, and youth sports leagues.
Abusers can be neighbors, friends and family members and can be found in any other place children gather. Abusers can be and often are other children. About 90% of children who are victims of abuse know their abuser. Only 10% of sexually abused children are abused by a stranger. Approximately 30% of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members. The youger the victim, the more likely it is that the abuser is a family member. About 60% of children sexually abused are abused by the people the family trusts.
An interesting fact is that most adolescent sex offenders are not sexual predators and will not go on to become adult offenders. Most adolescent offenders do not meet the criteria for pedophilia and do not continue to exhibit sexually predatory behaviors. Adolescent offenders are more responsive to treatment than adults. They do not continue to re-offend into adulthood, especially when provided with appropriate treatment.
Another fact is that not everyone who sexually abuses children is a pedophile. Child sexual abuse is perpetrated by a wide range of individuals with diverse motivations. It is impossible to identify specific characteristics that are common to all those who molest children.
Situational offenders tend to offend at times of stress and begin offending later than pedophilic offenders. They also have fewer victims, often family, and a general preference for adult partners.
Pedophilic offenders start offending at an early age, and often have a large number of victims, frequently not family members.
Another interesting fact is as many as 40% of children who are sexually abused are abused by older children, or more powerful children. The youger the child victim, the more likely it is that the perpetrator is a juvenile. Juveniles are the offenders in 43% of assaults on children under six. Of these offenders 14% are under age 12. Juveniles who commit sex offenses against other children are more likely than adult offenders to offend in groups and to offend in schools.
The number of youth coming to the attention of the police for sex offenses increases sharply at age 12 and plateaus after age 14. A small number of juvenile offenders, one out of eight, are younger than 12. Females constitute 7% of juveniles who commit sex offenses.
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CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE STATISTICS
The Issue of Child Sexual Abuse
What is child sexual abuse?
FACT: The definition of child sexual abuse is broader than most people realize.
Often a traumatic experience for children and teens, child sexual abuse is a criminal offense punishable by law in many societies.
Child sexual abuse includes:
• any sexual act between an adult and a minor, or between two minors, when one exerts power over the other.
• forcing, coercing or persuading a child to engage in any type of sexual act.
• non-contact acts such as exhibitionism, exposure to pornography, voyeurism, and communicating in a sexual manner by phone or Internet.
What is the magnitude of the problem?
FACT: Child sexual abuse is far more prevalent than most people realize.
• Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face with the most serious array of consequences.
• About one in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
• About one in seven little girls sexual and one in 25 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18.
• This year, there will be about 400,000* babies born in the U.S. that will become victims of child sexual abuse unless we do something to stop it. Includes contact abuse only.
FACT: Identified incidents of child sexual abuse are declining, although there is no clear indication of a cause.
• The number of identified incidents of child sexual abuse decreased at least 47% from 1993 to 2005-2006.
FACT: Even with declining rates of sexual abuse, the public is not fully aware of the magnitude of the problem.
• The primary reason is that only about 38% of child victims disclose the fact that they have been sexually abused. Some never disclose.
• There are also privacy issues surrounding cases of child sexual abuse. For instance, public police reports do not name the victim, and most media concerns have a policy that precludes naming victims.
FACT: Most people think of adult rape as a crime of great proportion and significance, and are unaware that children are victimized at a much higher rate than adults especially little girls sexual abuse.
• Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults (including assaults on adults) occur to children ages 17 and under.9,10Youths have higher rates of sexual assault victimization than do adults. In 2000, the rate for youths aged 12 to 17 was 2.3 times higher than for adults.
• 44% of rapes with penetration occur to children under age 18. Victims younger than 12 accounted for 15% of those raped, and another 29% of rape victims were between 12 and 17.