Child sexual abuse can be difficult to define. There are many behaviors that can be classified as abuse. However, a full understanding of the nature of child sexual abuse must include accepting that children cannot consent to any sexual act. Child sexual abuse always involves an inequality of power. But...U Have the Power to Prevent Abuse!

Exposing the Epidemic of Child Sexual Abuse

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Exposing the Epidemic

What is an epidemic?

The Miriam-Webster Dictionary defines epidemic as:

"Affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community, or region at the same time; excessively prevalent or characterized by very widespread growth or extent."

See below how child sexual abuse compares to other epidemics that affect children:


Leukemia1 in 29,000 children
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
1 in 3,600 infants
Type 1 Diabetes
1 in 400 children
Autism1 in 68 children
Child Sexual Abuse
1 in 3 girls & 1 in 7 boys

At RAACE, we believe that information and education are the first steps to inspire individuals and communities to stop the ongoing victimization of children everywhere. The statistics are heartbreaking, but we know these statistics are not just numbers. The numbers represent real children — including children we already know.


Child sexual abuse is defined as sexual activities involving a child and an ‘abusive condition.’ Coercion or a large age gap between the participants indicates a lack of consensuality. 1

Examples of Sexual Abuse

  • Lewd behavior toward a child
  • Sexual innuendos or suggestive speech
  • Exposing a child to pornography
  • Touch or manipulating a child’s genitals in a sexual manner
  • Adult rubbing against a child (masturbating)
  • Having children engage in sexual acts with other children
  • Performing oral sex on a child
  • Adult having a child perform oral sex on them
  • Engaging in vaginal or anal intercourse with a child

A Silent Epidemic

  • 42% of women and 33% of men never disclose their experience to anyone1
  • Nearly 80% of victims will initially deny the abuse or be hesitant about disclosing2
  • Approximately 75% of known cases are disclosed accidentally by the abused child2

Close to Home

  • 30-40% are abused by a family member3
  • 90% of all offenders are someone the child knows and trusts4
  • Almost 50% are abused by someone outside the family whom they know and trust5
  • 40% are abused by older or larger children whom they know6
  • Only 10% are abused by strangers3

More Than You Think 

  • 1 in 3 girls are sexually abused before the age of 187
  • 1 in 7 boys are sexually abused before the age of 187
  • 1 in 5 children are solicited sexually while on the Internet8
  • 39 million survivors of child sexual abuse exist in America today9

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