I am very aware that technically I am a statistic. I don’t feel like one but that doesn’t change the fact that I am one.
Even as a victim of childhood sexual abuse I still find the statistics shocking – and I know alot of people do too.
It is estimated that 1 in 6 males and 1 in 4 women have been sexually abused as children in the United Kingdom. We have to also consider how many victims/survivors of abuse never speak out.
Police recorded over 23,000 sex offences against children aged under 18 years in England and Wales between April 2010 and March 2011. (NSPCC)
“The majority of perpetrators sexually assault children known to them, with about 80% of offences taking place in the home of either the offender or the victim.” (Grubin, Don 1998)
A survey carried out by the University of North London in 1991 discovered that 1 in 2 girls and 1 in 4 boys in the United Kingdom will have been sexually abused (any event or interaction which the young person reported as abusive or unwanted) by the time they reach 18 years of age.
In the millenium year a study was carried out which concluded that childhood sexual abuse is still prevalent in our society. The study found that 11% of boys under 16 and 21% of girls under 16 experience csa within their childhood.
The Internet Watch Foundation released a report in the Autumn of 2007 which stated that around 1.5 million adults in the UK had seen child abuse online. A third of the csa websites had images of the most severe kinds of abuse. Also along side this 1 in 3 children pictured on these website were under 3 years of age and a further 1 in 20 were under 6 years of age.
A study in America found that people who had suffered from csa were 12 times more likely to attempt suicide.
An estimated 55,000 children who have experienced sexual abuse receive no therapeutic support each year because of a shortfall in the availability of therapeutic services. (Allnock, Debra et all 2009)
There is only one therapeutic support programme for every 25,000 children living in the UK and many areas provide no therapeutic provision for sexually abused children at all. (Allnock, Debra et all 2009)
A 1997 study by HMP Inspectorate concluded that between 30 and as many as 70% of female prisoners had experienced csa.
*(Some statistic are from ‘New Shoes’ By Rebecca Mitchell)
– Stacey xo
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