There are few accurate statistics regarding sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children as these crimes are often covert, secret and associated with intense feelings of shame that prevent children and adults from seeking help and reporting them.
Although statistics in relation to sexual abuse and exploitation are broad estimations and should be treated with caution, you should know that…
1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys will be sexually abused before they reach age 18
About 90% of children who are victims of sexual abuse know their abuser
• any sexual act between an adult and a minor, or between two minors, when one exerts power over the other.
• forcing, coercing or persuading a child to engage in any type of sexual act.
• non-contact acts such as exhibitionism, exposure to pornography, voyeurism, and communicating in a sexual manner by phone or Internet. »
1 perpetrator on 4 is under 18
People with a history of child sexual abuse have a 7 times higher risk of suicide
« These psychological problems can lead to significant disruptions in normal development and often have a lasting impact, leading to dysfunction and distress well into adulthood. »
Child pornography is a form of child sexual exploitation
Tragically, the only place we’ve seen a decrease is in the age of victims.
This is – quite simply – unacceptable. »
Source: U.S. Department of Justice
Interpol works to identify victims, perpetrators and users of child pornography
Since 2001, nearly 7,800 victims have been identified by Interpol and removed from harm.
More than 3,800 offenders have been arrested. »
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