Effects of Child Sexual Abuse

  • Women who report childhood rape are 3 times more likely to become pregnant before the age of 18.
Source: Zierler, et al.  (1991).  American Journal of Public Health.

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  • Young girls who are sexually assaulted are more likely to develop eating disorders as adolescents.
Source: Kendler, K.  (2000).  Medical College of Virginia Commonwealth University; Archives of General Psychiatry.

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  • Young girls are 3 times more likely to develop psychiatric disorders  or alcohol and drug use in adulthood than girls who are not sexually assaulted.
Source: Lisak, D.  (1994).  The Psychological Impact of Sexual Abuse: Content Analysis Interviews with Male Survivors, Journal of Traumatic Stress.

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  • Among male survivors, 80+% have a history of substance abuse, 50% had suicidal ideations, 23% attempted suicide and almost 70% received psychiatric treatment.  31% violently victimized others.
Source: Finkelhor, D. & Browne, A.  (1996).  Impact of Child Sexual Abuse: A Review of Research.  Psychological Bulletin.

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  • 70% of child sexual offenders have between 1 and 9 victims.  23% have 10-40 victims.
Source: Abel, G. et al.  (1987).Self Reported Sex Crimes on Non-Incarcerated Paraphiliacs.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

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  • The average serial child molester has between 360-380 victims in his lifetime.
Source: South Carolina Forcible Sex Crimes.  (1999).  Summary, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Columbia, SC.

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  • Only 12% of all cases of child abuse are reported.
Source: Hanson, R.F., Resnick, H.S., Saunders, B.E., Kilpatrick, D.G., & Best, C.  (1999).  Factors Relating to the Reporting of Childhood Sexual Assault.  Child Abuse and Neglect, (23) 559-569.