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October 27, 2005

Deceiving Statistics

In class the other day we discussed the National Alert Registry for sexual offenders. I was curious and checked it out--


Just to the right of the search boxes, they present a few "quick facts." One of them says,

"The chance that your child will become a victim of a sexual offender is 1 in 3 for girls & 1 in 6 for boys.
**Source: The National Center for Victims of Crime"

After having read the chapters 2-3 in "It Ain't Necessarily So" I was skeptical, so I checked the source. Sure enough the "quick fact" was trumped up. The information I found regarding "Child Sexual Abuse" was this:

Twenty-nine percent of female rape victims in America were younger than eleven when they were raped (National Center for Victims of Crime & Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, 1992).

According to the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse's annual survey, state child protective agencies received 218,820 reports of child sexual abuse in 1996 (Wang & Daro, 1997). (Calculated by multiplying the estimated number of reported child victims (3,126,000) by the percentage of sexual abuse cases (7%).)

In the United States, at least 20% of women and 5% to 10% of men were sexually abused as children (Finkelhor, 1994).

Studies have not found differences in the prevalence of child sexual abuse among different social classes or races. However, parental inadequacy, unavailability, conflict and a poor parent-child relationship are among the characteristics that distinguish children at risk of being sexually abused (Finkelhor, 1994). According to the Third National Incidence Study, girls are sexually abused three times more often than boys, whereas boys are more likely to die or be seriously injured from their abuse (Sedlak & Broadhurst, 1996). Both boys and girls are most vulnerable to abuse between the ages of 7 and 13 (Finkelhor, 1994).

Just thought I'd share that find--

Posted by DavidDenninger at October 27, 2005 09:36 AM


That is really interesting that boys are more likely to die or be seriously injured from being abused. I wonder why that is? It doesn't seem to make much sense since girls are not considered physically as "tough" as we perceive boys to be. (Which certianly has a truth to it)But, also on the other hand, if you consider that both sexes are most vulnerable to abuse between the ages of 7 and 13, it actually makes sense, because the large differences in physique don't occur until later. When kids are young they are pretty much built very similarly. Interesting find David.

Posted by: Lorin Schumacher at November 10, 2005 11:56 AM

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