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

« Most children and families do not report cases of abuse and exploitation because of stigma, fear, and lack of trust in the authorities. Social tolerance and lack of awareness also contribute to under-reporting. »

Source: Unicef, The Advocacy Center

About 90% of children who are victims of sexual abuse know their abuser

« Child sexual abuse includes:

• 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. »

Source: Darkness to light, Mémoire Traumatique et Victimologie

1 perpetrator on 4 is under 18

« Pedophilic offenders frequently start offending at an early age, and often have a large number of victims. »

« The younger the child victim, the more likely it is that the perpetrator is a juvenile. »

Source: Darkness to light, Mémoire Traumatique et Victimologie

People with a history of child sexual abuse have a 7 times higher risk of suicide

« Children who are sexually abused are at significantly greater risk for later posttraumatic stress and other anxiety symptoms depression and suicide attempts. »

« 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. »

Source: Darkness to light, Mémoire Traumatique et Victimologie

Child pornography is a form of child sexual exploitation

« We’ve seen an historic rise in the distribution of child pornography, in the number of images being shared online, and in the level of violence associated with child exploitation and sexual abuse crimes.
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

« On average, seven victims were identified by Interpol every day in 2015.
Since 2001, nearly 7,800 victims have been identified by Interpol and removed from harm.
More than 3,800 offenders have been arrested. »

Source: Interpol



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