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A child is sexually abused every four seconds.

One in every 3 girls and one in every 4 boys will most likely be sexually abused by their 18th birthday.

About 35% of women and 20% of men in the United States were victims of child sexual abuse.

It was estimated that over 7,800,000 American children between the ages of babies and high school would be victims of child sexual abuse.

Child sexual abuse is reported up to 80,000 times a year in this country alone.

75% (1 in 4) of the girls sexually exploited never report the attacks.

99% (1 out of 100) of the boys sexually exploited never report the attacks.

90% of all sexually exploited children were victims of people who they know and trust. Over half of the victims become abusers themselves.

The average pedophile will sexually exploit a minimum of 260 victims during their lifetime without ever getting caught.

Well over 90% of all pedophiles who have been caught and imprisoned are later apprehended for new child sexual abuse offenses after their release.

Most adult pedophiles start out sexually abusing other children at around age eleven.

As children mature to adulthood, pedophiles always hunt for newer and younger children to sexually abuse.

Pedophilia is usually incurable.

Skilled pedophiles can easily persuade even the most moral, physically strong, and religious child to engage in sex with them and have them promise never to tell.

Most pedophiles live seemingly routine lives in our midst and can hold positions that place them above suspicion. Pedophiles can be either divorced, married, or single; bisexual, heterosexual or homosexual; man or woman; boy or girl; middle-class, poor, or rich; the physically strong or the physically weak; attractive, average looking, or unattractive; any color, shape, or size.

A pedophile can be most anyone.

Here are some facts about child pornography and the Internet, provided by U.S. Customs.

a) It is estimated that 500 million people worldwide will be connected to the Internet by 2003.
b) There are an estimated 100,000 Web sites involved in some way with child pornography.
c) The U.S. Customs Cyber Smuggling Center in Fairfax, Virginia, has reviewed more than 10,000 tips since January 2000.
d) A 1999 U.S. Customs case revealed a child pornography Web site that in its first three months recorded nearly 150,000 hits and the download of 3.2 million images.
e) Since 1992, the U.S. Customs Service has arrested more than 1,000 people on charges related to child pornography. Customs has never lost a case that has gone to the judicial process -- defendants have either pleaded guilty or have been convicted.
f) Almost 24 million children ages 10 to 17 were online regularly in 1999.
g) A survey conducted in 2000 of 1,501 U.S. children ages 10 to 17 showed that about 1 in 4 had had unwanted exposure to an image of naked people or people having sex in the previous year.
h) Roughly 1 in 5 children had received a sexual solicitation or approach.
i) One in 33 children had received an aggressive solicitation, meaning that someone asked them to meet somewhere, or called on the phone, or sent them a regular e-mail, money or gifts.
j) Less than 10 percent of sexual solicitations and only 3 percent of unwanted exposure episodes were ever reported to authorities, including law enforcement agencies or Internet providers.
k) Arrests for possessing and distributing child pornography have been climbing steadily, in part because federal agencies are devoting more resources to the issue.
l) In fiscal year 1992, U.S. Customs recorded 57 arrests for possession of child pornography transported across borders, 48 indictments and 69 convictions. By 2000, those numbers had grown to 320 arrests, 299 indictments and 324 convictions.

Additional Information

a) The largest consumers of pornography are boys from ages 12 to 17. One in five boys and one in ten girls have had their first exposure to pornography by age 12. (Attorney General's Commission of Pornography, 1986.)
b) At least 27% of girls and 16% of boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18. In most cases, the child will know the sex offender. Of the molesters of girls, 38% were relatives and 41% were acquaintances. Of molesters of boys, 16% were relatives and 44% were acquaintances. (Finkelhor, et. al., "Sexual Abuse in a national Survey of Adult Men and Women," Child Abuse and Neglect, (1990) Vol. 14 p. 19.)
c) There are about four million child molesters in the United States, that is about twice the population of Arkansas. (U.S. Department of Justice, 1985.)

d) Female adults who are sexually abused as children reported that their abuse lasted 7.6 years on average and began at age six. (Roesler and Wind, "Telling the Secret: Adult Women Describe Their Disclosures of Incest," Journal of Interpersonal Violence (1994) Vol. 9, No. 3: 327-238.)
e) No single characteristic of pedophilia is more pervasive that the obsession with child pornography. (Child Pornography and Pedophilia, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, U.S. Senate, 1986, reported in "The Harm of Illegal Hard-Core and Child Pornography," National Coalition Against Pornography.)
f) 87% of molesters of girls, and 77% of the molesters of boys admitted to regular use of hard-core pornography. (Dr. William Marshall, Use of Sexually Explicit Stimuli by Rapists, Child Molesters and Non-Offenders, 25 Journal of Sex Research 267, 1988.)
g) U.S. Postal Inspectors have found that 80% of the child pornography collectors they investigate abuse children sexually. (NBC News, "Special Report: The Silent Shame," 1986.)
h) The all-time most popular hard-core video series is "Taboo," whose primary theme is incest. (Adult Video News.)
i) 80% of male survivors of childhood sexual abuse reported a history of substance abuse, 50% had suicidal thoughts, 23% attempted suicide, and almost 70% received psychological treatment. (Lisak, "The Psychological Impact of Sexual Abuse, Content Analysis of Interviews with Male Survivors," Journal of Traumatic Stress, Vol. 7, no. 4: 525-548.)
j) Sexually victimized children appear to have a nearly fourfold increased lifetime risk for any psychiatric disorder and at a threefold risk for substance abuse. (Finkelhor and Dzinba-Leatherman, "Victimization of Children," American Psychologist, March 1994, Vol. 49, No. 3, p. 181.)




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