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  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be abused before they reach the age of 18.


  • 1 in 5 children are solicited sexually while on the internet.


  • Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults occur to children ages 17 and under.


  • An estimated 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in America today.


The overwhelming majority of abused children know their abuser.


  • Another 50% are abused by someone outside of the family whom they know and trust.


  • Approximately 40% are abused by older or larger children whom they know.


Sexual abuse can occur at all ages, probably younger than you think.


  • The median age for reported abuse is 9 years old.


  • More than 20% of children are sexually abused before the age of 8.


Most abused children don't tell even when asked.


  • Evidence that a child has been sexually abused is not always obvious, and many children do not report that they have been abused.


  • Over 30% of victims never disclose the experience to ANYONE.



  • Victims of child sexual abuse report more substance abuse problems. 70-80% of sexual abuse survivors report excessive drug and alcohol use.


Statistics courtesy of the Michigan Chapter of the

National Children’s Alliance and Darkness to Light.



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