Scary Statistics

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1 in 4 of ALL Kids

will be affected in some way before 18…*

IGNORING the issue leaves your child VULNERABLE


Unfortunately these statistics apply almost universally across western countries – but sources are cited below from the USA, UK and Australia

1 in 4 affected before 18
Radford, L. et al (2011) Child Abuse and Neglect in the UK Today. London: NSPCC.
Ogloff, J., Cutajao, C., Mann E. & Mullen P. (2009). Child Sexual Abuse Subsequent Offending and Victimisation: A 45 year follow-up Study. Australian Institute of Criminology, Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice No. 440, June 2012.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006. USA (US estimates are 1 in 5 due to different definitions of child sexual abuse)

NOTE: Child sexual abuse covers a range of abusive behaviours, including non-contact forms. However, studies have repeatedly shown that the severity of the offence has little correlation to the level of trauma experienced by victims.

90% not strangers
Finkelhor, D. (2012). Characteristics of Crimes Against Juveniles. Durham, NH: Crimes against Children Research Center.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2005. Personal Safety Survey Australia. cat. no. 4906.0. Canberra: ABS.
Radford, L. et al (2011) Child Abuse and Neglect in the UK Today. London: NSPCC.

1/3 offenders are children
* Finkelhor, D., Ormrad, R. & Chaffin, M. (2009). Juveniles Who Commit Sex Offences Against Minors. USA.
* Brown, K. & Lynch, M. (1994). Prevention: Actions Speak Louder than Words. Child Abuse Review, 3: 241-244

3 to 8 Most Vulenerable Age
Bagley C. (1995). Child Sexual Abuse and Mental Health in Adolescents and Adults.

All Communities and Most Under-reported Crime
Briggs, F. (2012). Child Protection; The Essential Guide for Teachers and Other Professionals Whose Work Involves Children. JoJo Publishing, Vic Australia.