The reality is that no one really knows how many adults were sexually abused as children; or how many children are currently victims of sexual abuse. This is, fundamentally, because the majority of children, and adult survivors, are invisible.
However, NSPCC have reported that:
1:20 children have been sexually abused and that 90% of children were abused by someone they knew
Similarly, The Children’s Commissioner for England highlighted that:
- 66% of child sexual abuse takes place within the family or its trusted circle
- That only 1:8 child victims have been identified, which means that 7:8 child victims continue to remain invisible; though in plain sight of statutory organisations (such as schools, health etc.)
- Girls are much more likely to suffer abuse – though males may be under-represented because they are less likely to report abuse or for it to be identified