When it comes to sexual abuse, the problem is more common than one might think. And, because less than half of sexual abuse is reported, it could be more prevalent than most people are willing to admit. Therefore, it is important to carefully consider sexual abuse, and how to stop it.

One way is education. It is important for teens and adults to understand that sexual abuse is wrong, and that it can encompass a variety of sex acts, and that fear, impaired judgment (due to drugs, alcohol or mental state) and coercion can lead to sexual abuse, even though the victim may not actively resist.

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The Harsh Reality of Sexual Abuse…

20 people are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner every minute in the US.

1 in 2 women (50%) are sexually abused in their lifetime.

79% of female rape victims report that the rape occurred before age 25.

42.2% of female rape victims were first raped before age 18.

86% of female rape victims know their abuser as an intimate partner, family member, or acquaintance.

52.4% of male rape victims report their perpetrator was as acquaintance

A victim of one incident of teen sexual abuse is likely to experience further sexual abuse.

Teenagers account for 51% of all reported sexual abuse

Teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 are 3.5 times more likely than the general public to be victims of sexual abuse.

69% of the incidences of teen sexual abuse occur in a residence.

Female victims of teen sexual abuse while in grades 9 through 12 are more likely than others to experience eating disorders, suicidal behavior, pregnancy and risky sexual behaviors.


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