The Many Ways Child Sexual Abuse Impacts Society

Costs to a society that fails to protect children from sexual abusers include increased reliance on government services and subsequent need for intervention to protect the victims from further abuse. (Identifying Child Molesters: Preventing Sexual Abuse by Recognizing the Patterns of the Offenders. van Dam, C. 2001)

Individuals who have been sexually abused as children are more likely to enter and remain in abusive situations later on in their lives. (Identifying Child Molesters: Preventing Sexual Abuse by Recognizing the Patterns of the Offenders. van Dam, C. 2001)

In one study, over 52% of all patients in a large mental health center were victims of childhood sexual abuse. (The Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Later Psychological Functioning: Defining a Post-Sexual Syndrome. Briere, J. 1984; Incidence and Impact of Sexual Abuse in a Child Outpatient Sample: The Role of Direct Inquiry. Child Abuse & Neglect. Lanktree, C., Briere, J., and Zaide, L. 1991)

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