Sexually Assaulted Children: National Estimates and Characteristics

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, announced on August 18, 2008 a report called, Sexually Assaulted Children: National Estimates and Characteristics 

Key Findings:

  • An estimated 285,000 children were victims of a sexual assault and 35,000 were victims of some other type of sex offense in 1999.
  • An estimated 44% of the child vicgtims of sexual assault and other sex offenses experienced an act of sexual penetration.
  • Sexual assault victims were disproportinately female (89%) and ages 12 to 17 (81%).
  • Most (95%) of the sexual assault victims were assauted by a male. Almost three-fourths (71%) were assaulted by someone they were acquainted with or knew by sight; 18% were assaulted by a complete stranger, 10% by a family member.
  • Police were contacted in regard to only 30% of the sexually assaulted children.
  • Older teenagers (ages 15 – 17) were disproportionately represented as they made up 54% of all victims compared with being 17% of the general child population.

Access OJJDP publications online at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ojjdp

Access this report in PDF format http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/214383.pdf

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