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Based on research it is estimated that 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday.

Children who are victims of sexual abuse:

  • 90% are known by their abuser
  • 60% are abused by people the family knows and trusts
  • 40% are abused by older children or more powerful children
  • 30% are abused by family members
  • 10% or less are abused by a stranger

Definition of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA):

Child sexual abuse can be contact, non-contact, or sexual exploitation:

Contact:  Forcing, coercing, or persuading a child to engage in any type of sexual act or sexual contact
Non-Contact:  Acts such as exhibitionism, exposure to pornography, voyeurism, or communicating in a sexual manner by phone or internet
Commercial sexual exploitation:  Where sexual activity involves a child and something of value is given or promised

Reduce the Risks:

  • Avoid one on one contacts: adults meeting with a child one on one in isolated areas
  • Avoid private meeting places: meeting in hidden & secluded areas
  • Observe interactions:  ensure interactions between adult and child can be observed & unexpectedly interrupted
  • Monitor internet use and who your child is texting and who is texting your child