Facts About Child Sexual Abuse

  • 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys are victims of child sexual abuse (Source)

  • in 93% of cases of child sexual abuse reported to law enforcement, 93% of the victims were abused by someone they recognized. 34% by family members, and 59% by acquaintances. (Source)

  • Child sexual abuse is estimated to be just as common in the Orthodox Jewish Community as it is in the general population. (Link to source)

  • On average, it takes survivors of child sexual abuse until age 52 to disclose their abuse. (Source)

  • Child sexual abusers often have dozens of victims and commit hundreds of acts of abuse. (Source)

  • Survivors of child sexual abuse often experience depression, flashbacks to the assault, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), may self harm, may experience dissociation, and are at increased risk of abusing drugs and alcohol, eating disorders, sleep disorders, and suicide. (Source)

  • Adult survivors of child sexual abuse often experience guilt and shame for having been abused, and often blame themselves for the abuse. They often suffer from a difficulty forming and maintaining relationships, including intimate relationships, and often suffer from low self-esteem. (Source)

  • On average, the economic cost of child sexual abuse, including treatment, loss of earning potential, and costs of government intervention, is $210,012 per victim. (Source)

  • Only about one third of child sexual abuse incidents are identified, and even fewer are reported. (Source)