prevalent is sexual abuse and why is a coordinated
- 1:4 girls and 1:6 boys are sexually
abused prior to the age of 18.
- Approximately 35 percent of children
sexually abused will ever disclose the abuse.
- 90 percent of children who are
sexually abused are abused by a family member or
someone known and trusted by the family.
- Despite making a clear and convincing
disclosure, many children will recant their disclosure due to
factors such as reactions from parents (crying, fighting,
etc.), disbelief by parents, pressure from their family,
and/or fear of what will happen to the offender.
- The majority of child sexual abuse
cases will not have any evidence, witnesses, or other
elements needed to corroborate the child's statement.
- Nationwide approximately only 8
percent of child sexual cases have medical findings
indicative of abuse despite confirmation of penetration.
- Although there are documented cases
of false allegations of sexual abuse, they represent a very
small minority of cases that come to the attention of law
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