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The Facts of Child Sexual Abuse

The Issue of Child Sexual Abuse

  • 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
  • 1 in 5 children are sexually solicited while on the Internet.
  • Youth are 2.5 times more likely to be raped than adults.
  • About 35% of victims are 11 years old or younger.
  • 30-40% of children are abused by family members.
  • Up to 60% of victims are abused by people the family trusts.
  • Nearly 40% of victims are abused by older or larger children.

It can happen to anyone – even a child you know and love; even your own child.

Abused children suffer from shame, embarrassment, fear and confusion which create a culture that enables abuse.

Research shows that people who are sexually violated as children are far more likely to experience psychological problems often lasting into adulthood, including Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, depression, substance abuse, relationship problems, and suicide.

But victims of childhood sexual abuse don’t just suffer emotionally; they suffer physically with long-term impacts to their health including obesity, heart disease and stroke.

Child sexual abuse is not the problem of one socio-economic status, culture, race, religion, or gender. It impacts every community and every person across the globe.

As a society, we often lack the ability to recognize child sexual abuse. We don’t know enough about it to prevent it, or respond when it occurs.

Learning the facts about childhood sexual abuse helps prevent it.

Talking about it helps prevent it.

Getting involved helps prevent it.

If childhood sexual abuse can be prevented, it can be stopped.

Darkness 2 light - end child sexual abuse

The Darkness to Light Stewards of Children program helps you learn simple, proactive steps you can take to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program will help you find the right words to have conversations which protect and empower your community and the children in it.
We envision a world free of child sexual abuse. Help us make it a reality and bring communities from darkness to light by training your organization to recognize and react to the signs of child abuse.