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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.

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