Sexual Abuse


Sexual Abuse

Fact Sheet

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Youths have higher rates of sexual assault victimization than adults.

A majority of sexual assaults reported to the police occur to juveniles.

Kilpatrick, D.C., Edmunds, C., Seymour, A. 1992. "Rape in America: A Report to the Nation" from "The National Women’s Study" sponsored by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Victim’s Center and National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. Washington, DC.

The rate of sexual assault of juveniles (12-17 years of age) has declined since 1993.

Changes in Rates of Sexual Assault 1993-2000

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998 1999 2000

% Change 93-00

Number

106,300

76,500

66,500

72,100

82,000

84,700 72,300 51,100

-52%

Rate/1000

5.0

3.9

3.0

3.2

3.6

3.6 3.1 2.1

-58%

 

CCRC data analysis using NCVS 1993-2000. See also, Jones, L. & Finkelhor, D. (2001). The Decline in Child Sexual Abuse Cases. Washington, DC: US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Delinquency and Prevention.

Finkelhor, D. 1994. Current Information on the Scope and Nature of Child Sexual Abuse. The Future of Children, 4(2):31-53. Center for the Future of Children, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.