Sexual Assault And Sexual Abuse

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Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities such as forced sexual intercourse forcible sodomy child molestation fondling attempted rape

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act was passed in the United States, and its definition of who might be covered under the law included sexual abuse.

1 In 6 Women in the united states and 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or actual rape as a child
3 out of 5 sexual assault victims stated the offender was an intimate, relative, friend, or acquaintance sexual and physical abuse occur in childhood and adolescence, the chance for revictimization increases
In recent years individuals have become increasingly aware of the phenomenon of rape and other forms of sexual abuse.
The new awareness appears to have steered in a greater sensitivity to and advocacy for the rights and needs of survivors.

An estimated 60% of perpetrators of sexual abuse are known to the child but are not family members, e.g., family friends, babysitters, child care providers, neighbors.
About 30% of perpetrators of child sexual abuse are family members.
Only about 10% of perpetrators of child sexual abuse are strangers to the child.

In a 2012 maltreatment report, of the victims who were sexually abused, 26% were in the age group of 12–14 years and 34% were younger than 9 years.
Approximately 1.8 million adolescents

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