Fast Facts: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
Many children wait to report or never report child sexual abuse. Therefore, the numbers below likely underestimate the true impact of the problem. Although estimates vary across studies, the research shows:
- About 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 13 boys in the United States experience child sexual abuse.
- Someone known and trusted by the child or child’s family members, perpetrates 91% of child sexual abuse.
- The total lifetime economic burden of child sexual abuse in the United States in 2015 was estimated to be at least $9.3 billion.