- An estimated average of over 300,000 children are sexually abused each year in the USA (McMahon and Puett, 1999).
- Research conducted with large samples of women estimate that, using a broad definition of sexual abuse, 30 to 45% of women (1 in 2, to 1 in 3) and 13-16% of men (1 in 6) reported an experience of sexual abuse in childhood (Becker and Reilly, 1999; MMWR, 1997).
- Literature about substance use reflects a prevalence of sexual abuse among women and men. Sexual abuse rates range from 35% to 90% for women, with an average of 50%, and amongst men from 23% to 42% (Paone et al, 1994).
- Studies show that 65% of children know the person who sexually abuses them, and 30% of those perpetrators are parents (Elliott, Browne, and Kilcoyne, 1995).
- A study conducted with perpetrators in the UK indicated that two-thirds (68%) of the men said that they had been sexually abused, and almost 60% of those interviewed reported being victims of contact sexual abuse (Elliott, Browne, and Kilcoyne, 1995).
- Studies show that 65%-100% of children under the age of 12 with sexual behavioral problems, including perpetration of other children, have been sexually victimized (Burton, 2000).
- Those with a history of sexual abuse were found to be 10 to 15 times more likely to share syringes than drug users without such history, putting survivors at much higher risk for HIV and other infectious disease from syringe sharing (Paone et al, 1994).
- Those with a history of sexual abuse were found to be 3 to 9 times more likely to participate in sex work than those without such a history (Paone et al, 1994).
- Of 150 female inmates interviewed in a US prison, 59% reported sexual abuse in childhood (Browne et al, 1999).
- Women reporting a history of sexual abuse, both inmates and non-inmates, were approximately twice as likely to experience sexual assault by a non-intimate during adulthood (Browne et al, 1999).
- In comparison to the 75% of participants who reported that they would confront someone who had been drinking and was about to drive, only 9% reported that they would directly confront someone who was sexually abusing a child, though 65% indicated that they would contact the police or child protection services (STOP IT NOW! conducted 200 phone interviews in Vermont to gauge attitudes and beliefs about sexual abuse.)