Statistics on childhood sex abuse

Young victims may not recognize their victimization as sexual abuse. An average serial child molester may have as many as 400 victims in his lifetime. The way a victim’s family responds to abuse plays an important role in how the incident affects the victim. Sexually abused children who keep it a secret or who “tell” and are not believed are at greater risk than the general population for psychological, emotional, social, and physical problems often lasting into adulthood. Women who report childhood rape are 3 times more likely to become pregnant before age 18. The average age of their offender is 27 years. Victims of child sexual abuse are more likely to be sexually promiscuous.