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Child Sexual Abuse – The Facts



  • research suggests about 40,000 Australian children are sexually abused each year.
  • 76% of reported child abuse involved female victims
  • children aged 6-15 years are most affected by child sexual abuse
  • the average age of most victims is 10 years old
  • most abused children know their attackers, with strangers forming a comparatively small proportion of child sexual offenders
  • records show the offender is often related to the victim
  • the majority of perpetrators are male
  • the most frequently reported form of child sexual abuse involves fondling of the child’s genitals


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