Statistics on Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse can occur in or out of the home, and perpetrators can include parents, caregivers, other adults, or other children or youth. The following resources address statistics on child sexual abuse, including State and local examples.
Table 3-8: Maltreatment Types of Victims, 2012 (PDF - 4,372 KB)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau (2013)
In Child Maltreatment 2012
Presents the number and percent of reported maltreatment types of victims, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological maltreatment, and medical neglect.
Attempted and Completed Incidents of Stranger-Perpetrated Child Sexual Abuse and Abduction
Gallagher, Bradford, & Pease
Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, 32(3), 2008
Reports on prevalence of stranger-perpetrated sexual abuse in both attempted and completed incidents, using results from student questionnaires. Results include information on four types of sexual abuse as well as demographics and recurrence.
Declining Rates of Child Sexual Abuse and What This Really Means [Webinar]
Chaffin & Jones (2011)
Reviews data from the past two decades on the decline of child physical and sexual abuse (but not neglect) cases, and discusses the implications for daily child welfare practice and advocacy efforts.
The International Epidemiology of Child Sexual Abuse: A Continuation of Finkelhor (1994)
Pereda, Guilera, Forns, & Gomez-Benito
Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, 33(6), 2009
Synthesizes research from 39 studies involving 21 countries to confirm trends related to the prevalence of child sexual abuse.
Sexual Abuse by Educators and School Staff (PDF - 3120 KB)
Virginia Child Protection Newsletter, 76, 2006
Defines and gives examples of the sexual abuse of students at school and describes the available research on the incidence, types of sexual abuse, perpetrators, and the legal responses and actions available to protect students.
Sexual Abuse of Children with Disabilities: A National Snapshot (PDF - 385 KB)
Smith & Harrell (2013)
Vera Institute of Justice
Discusses the dynamics of sexual abuse of children with disabilities, including the factors that contribute to its high prevalence, the status of prevention and intervention services designed to address this problem, and critical gaps and recommendations for next steps.
Child Sexual Abuse: Removals by Child Generation and Ethnicity: Findings From Texas
Kuehn, Vericker, & Capps (2007)
Discusses differences in removal due to sexual abuse for immigrants and nonimmigrants in Texas and possible reasons for those differences, such as age, gender, and fear of the consequences of reporting abuse.
Child Sexual Abuse in the Bering Straits Region (PDF - 1538 KB)
The Resource: Newsletter of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 3(10), 2005
Provides a firsthand account of childhood sexual assault in a remote region of Alaska. The author provides a view of sexual abuse as a social problem and discusses the lack of services in her area.