Realities

  •  1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will have sexual contact with an adult
  •  90% of child sex abuse is committed by someone the child knows
  •  It is easier for most parents to believe that a child predator is a stranger rather than someone they have allowed into their lives
  •  The most common age at which sexual abuse begins is three
  •  The average child predator victimizes between 50 - 150 children before he/she is arrested
  •  Most child predators are upstanding members of the community in a position of trust, deceiving the family
  •  Most adults can identify the signs of child abuse
  • Most parents or guardians believe their child will tell them if they are being abused. The reality is that predators manipulate children into remaining silent if there are no safety discussions in the home
  • To reduce all forms of child sex abuse we MUST accept these realities and move forward with knowledge of predator behavior
  • Knowledge is power - for parents, trusted adults, and children