Sexual Abuse


Sexual Abuse

Fact Sheet

Sexual Abuse [click here for a printer-friendly version in pdf]

An estimated 90,000 cases of child sexual abuse were substantiated in 2003.*

Child sexual abuse substantiations have declined markedly in recent years.

Year

Estimated Number of Children

Rate per 1,000 children

1990

146,000

2.3

1991

149,000

2.3

1992

150,000

2.3

1993

147,000

2.2

1994

140,000

2.1

1995

128,000

1.9

1996

124,000

1.8

1997

117,000

1.7

1998 104,000 1.5
1999 92,000 1.3
2000 89,000 1.2
2001 87,000 1.2
2002 89,000 1.2
2003 90,000 1.2

Graph of Child Sexual Abuse Victims in the United States: 1990-2003


*CCRC projections based on estimates from, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau. 1992 through 2002. Child Maltreatment (1990 - 2000): Reports from the States to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.

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