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Child sexual abuse is far more prevalent than most people realize.
The prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is often not reported; experts agree that the incidence is far greater than what is reported to authorities.
- Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face with the most serious array of consequences.
- About one in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
- About one in seven girls and one in 25 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18.
- This year, there will be about 400,000 babies born in the U.S. that will become victims of child sexual abuse unless we do something to stop it.
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The official registration and financial information of PCAR may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
*Statistics above from:Townsend, C., & Rheingold, A.A., (2013). Estimating a child sexual abuse prevalence rate for practitioners: studies. Charleston, S.C., Darkness to Light. Retrieved from www.D2L.org. 2 Townsend, C. (2013). Prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse compared with other childhood experiences. Charleston, S.C., Darkness to Light. Retrieved from www.D2L.org.