A New Prevalence Statistic: 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before they reach 18

1 in 10Many of you are familiar with the statement, “One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.”

This statistic came from the original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Over the past two decades, it has been widely used within industries that study, work with, or advocate for children. Until recently, it was also found in Darkness to Light’s prevention and education resources, including the original version of our Stewards of Children® child sexual abuse prevention program.

Today, evidence suggests that child sexual abuse rates have declined significantly over the last 20 years. To determine a more current prevalence rate, we examined research data from many credible prevalence studies. Research revealed that the current rate is closer to one in 10 children. We still have our work cut out for us, but it’s wonderful to see that community efforts in child protection are paying off!

 

 

 

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