Child Molestation Statistics

Child Molestation Statistics

Child Molestation Statistics

In my research to discover what, why, and how this travesty is happening on a pandemic scale, I came across the following disturbing child molestation statistics. These are not independently verified, but were gleaned from others’ bibliographies.

  • 1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before the age of 14.

Source: Hopper, J. (1998). Child Sexual Abuse: Statistics, Research, Resources. Boston, MA Boston University School of Medicine.

  • 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before the age of 16.

Source: Hopper, J. (1998). Child Sexual Abuse: Statistics, Research, Resources. Boston, MA Boston University School of Medicine.

  • More than 90% of all sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator. Almost 50% of the offenders are household members and 38% are already acquaintances of the victims.

Source: US Department of Justice. (1997) and Finkelhor and Ormond. (2001).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 38% of girls are sexually abused before the age of 18.
    16% of boys are sexually abused before the age of 18.

Source: www.womenofsubstance.org

  • The most common ages of children when sexual abuse occurs are between 8 and 12.

Source: David Finkelhor et al, A Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse, Newbury Park: Sage Publications, 1986

  • 21.6% of women who reported being raped during their lifetime were under age 12 at the time of their first rape. 32.4% of these women were 12-17 years of age. Therefore, over half of all female rape victim/survivors surveyed in this study were under the age of 18 at the time of their first rape.

Source: Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, (NCJRS) 2000 (www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles1/nij/183781.pdf)

  • Persons under 18 years of age account for 67% of all sexual assault victimizations reported to law enforcement agencies. Children under 12 years old account for 34% of those cases and children under six years account for 14% of those cases

Source: Snyder, Howard. “Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement: Victim, Incident, and Offender Characteristics.” Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 2000.

  • 1.8 million of the 22.3 million adolescents in the United States have been sexually assaulted

Source: Kilpatrick, D.G. and B.E. Saunders “The Prevalence and Consequences of Child Victimization: Summary of a Research Study by Dean Kilpatrick, Ph.D. and Benjamin Saunders, Ph.D.” National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, 1997

  • Juveniles are responsible for victimizing 40% of the child sexual assault victims under six years of age.

Source: Snyder, Howard. “Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement: Victim, Incident, and Offender Characteristics.” Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 2000.

  • Teens 16 to 19 years of age were three and a half times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.

Source: Rennison, Callie M. “Criminal Victimization 1999: Changes 1998-00 with Trends 1993-99.” Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, August 2000.

  • According to the U.S. Department of Justice, victims of rape and sexual assault report that in nearly 3 out of 4 incidents, the offender was not a stranger. Based on police-recorded incident data, in 90% of the rapes of children younger than 12, the child knew the offender.

Source: Greenfield, et al, 1997. Sex Offenses and Offenders: An Analysis of Data on Rae and Sexual Assault. United States Department of Justice.

  • Like rape, child molestation is one of the most underreported crimes: only 1-10% are ever disclosed.

Source: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin

  • 2/3rds of babies born to teenage mothers were fathered by adult men, not the fellow classmates long suspected.

Source: The Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1996 Based on a California Study

  • Just 14% of child victimizers used a weapon, compared to nearly half of those who victimized adults.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, March, 1996 “Child Victimizers: Violent Offenders and Their Victims”

  • The United States has the world’s highest rape rate of the countries that publish such statistics. It’s 4 times higher than Germany, 13 times higher than England, and 20 times higher than Japan.

Source: National Victim Center

  • 100 Children are kidnapped by strangers each year in the United States.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, 2002

  • 74 percent of abducted children who are murdered are killed within three hours of the abduction. In 80% of the cases, the initial contact between the killer and the victim was within 1/4 mile of the victim’s residence, and the majority of cases (57%) were based solely on opportunity.

Source: Hanfland, Keppel & Weis, Case Management for Missing Children Homicide Investigation: Executive Summary. Olympia, Washington: Office of the Attorney General of Washington and U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, May 1997. The follow was taken from:

http://www.registeredoffenderslist.org

Child Molestation Statistics say that one out of every three to four girls has been sexually assaulted by the age of 18. One boy out of every six will be abused by the age of 18. Although we have some reports and convictions to base these statistics on, they are actually not accurate. So many cases of child molestation go unreported each year, so we really cannot estimate the real numbers. The FBI reports that the National Institute for Mental Health found that only 1% to 10% of victims ever tell that they were abused. Boys report far less than girls.

  • The average child molester will molest fifty girls before being caught and convicted.
  • A child molester that seeks out boys will molest 150 boys before being caught and convicted and he will commit at least 280 sexual crimes in his lifetime.
  • The standard pedophile will commit 117 sexual crimes in their lifetime.
  • Most sexual abuse happens between the ages of 7 and 13.

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More Child Molestation Statistics

Characterstics of Child Victims

U. S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics has combined a study of characteristics among those child  victims of convicted sex offenders and child molesters. These statistics are based on the reports of offenders in the Survey of Inmates of State Correctional Facilities, and include the following:

* Three out of four children who were victimized were female.
* One-third of the convicted offenders had committed a crime against their own child.
* About half of the convicted offenders had a relationship with the child, either through friends or family.
* Only one out of seven inmates reported that their child victim was a stranger.
* Four out of ten child victims suffered forcible rape or another injury from child molesters.

Characteristics of Offenders Who Commit Violent Crimes Against Children

The following statistics were taken from the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Survey of Inmates of State Correctional Facilities concerning the characteristics of offenders who commit violent crimes against children. They include the following:

* More than three-fourths of violent crimes against children occurred either in the offender’s home or the victim’s place of residence.
* More than half of the negligent manslaughter offenders’ crimes occurred in a public place, such as a park or a street.
* Eight out of ten crimes by convicted sex offenders and/or child molesters in their own homes were forcible rapes or sexual assaults.
* Only one in seven offenders reported using a weapon to perpetrate the offense against the child victim.
* More than 40% of the child victims of convicted offenders suffered forcible, rape, injury or death as a result of the crime.

Characteristics of Offenders Who Violate and Assault Children

According to the Survey of Inmates of State Correctional Facilities by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, the following statistics have been recorded concerning the characteristics of offenders who violate and assault children.

* Those inmates who were convicted of committing violent acts against children were more like to have been white, a percentage of nearly 70%, than any other race.
* White inmates were nearly three times more likely to have victimized a child than black inmates.
* About one in every seven Hispanic convicts had been convicted for a crime against a child.
* Nearly two-thirds of convicted child molesters and/or offenders were or had been married.
* Child molesters and offenders were more likely to have grown up in a two parent home and were more likely to have been molested as a child.
* Approximately 22% of child offenders reported having been sexually abused as a child.

Child Pedophiles- An Epidemic?

According to Dr. Herbert Wagemaker, a renowned psychiatrist and author, pedophilia appears to run in families. In fact, statistics show that boys who suffered molestation often grow up and commit the same type of crime. The following statistics might surpise some readers:

* Four percent of today’s population suffers from a sexual orientation focused on children
* In 1999, there were 93,000 children who were sexually abused.
* Of those 93,000 cases, half of them were committed by the parents of the abused children, and another 18% were relatives.

If these child molestation statistics do not shock you, then we have truly become a hardened and heartless society.

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    1. James,

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