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.
- 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.