A snapshot of child sexual abuse

Estimated prevalence of child sexual abuse

15% girls and 5% of boys are estimated to experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 16

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The age when child sexual abuse started.

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The likelihood of experiencing child sexual abuse does not vary significantly with ethnicity.

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1 in 8 victims come to the attention of authorities at the time 

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The most serious and repeated offences are most likely to be committed by people known to them. 

Volume of abuse to disabled children. Long description follows.

Disabled adults are 2x more likely to say they had been abused in childhood.

Volume of abuse to those who have lived in a care home. Long description follows.

1 in 4 of those who had lived in a care house reported experiences of child sexual abuse. 

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92% of child sexual abuse images depicted girls.

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92% of perpetrators of child sexual abuse are male.

References: Office for National Statistics: Child sexual abuse in England and Wales, year ending March 2019. Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England (2015) Protecting Children from Harm. Internet Watch Foundation, Annual Report, 2019. 

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