Sexual Abuse

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Sexual abuse is a growing problem in America. Often the people we trust the most hide behind daycare, schools, and churches to act as sexual predators on our children. Even on college campuses sexual abuse is becoming more prevalent. The following are some sobering statistics of this plague in America.

Child abuse statistics:

  • One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old.
  • 30% of women were between the ages of 11 and 17 at the time of their first completed rape.
  • 12.3% of women were age 10 or younger at the time of their first completed rape victimization.
  • 27.8% of men were age 10 or younger at the time of their first completed rape victimization.
  • More than one third of women who report being raped before age 18 also experience rape as an adult.
  • 96% of people who sexually abuse children are male, and 76.8% of people who sexually abuse children are adults.
  • 34% of people who sexually abuse a child are family members of the child.
  • It is estimated that 325,000 children per year are currently at risk of becoming victims of commercial child sexual exploitation.
  • The average age at which girls first become victims of prostitution is 12-14 years old, and the average age at which boys first become victims of prostitution is 11-13 years old.
  • Only 12% of child sexual abuse is ever reported to the authorities.

Campus Sexual Assault

  • 20% – 25% of college women and 15% of college men are victims of forced sex during their time in college. A 2002 study revealed that 63.3% of men at one university who self-reported acts qualifying as rape or attempted rape admitted to committing repeat rapes.
  • More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault.
  • 27% of college women have experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact.
  • Nearly two thirds of college students experience sexual harassment.

Crime Reports

  • Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police.
  • The prevalence of false reporting is low — between 2% and 10%. For example, a study of eight U.S. communities, which included 2,059 cases of sexual assault, found a 7.1% rate of false reports. A study of 136 sexual assault cases in Boston found a 5.9% rate of false reports. Researchers studied 812 reports of sexual assault from 2000-2003 and found a 2.1% rate of false reports.

There are civil remedies available for the victims of sexual abuse that can include money damages for medical bills past and future, pain and suffering and loss of the capacity to enjoy life. If you, a family member or friend has been a victim of sexual abuse, please call Rowe Law Offices for a free consultation.