Spotlight on the US

A recent study in the USA by Saint Louis University in Missouri found emergency hospital admissions for child and teen victims under 18 of sexual abuse rose sharply by 70% in a six year period (2010-2016). The study shows an alarming increase of 50% in respect of victims aged 12-17 and an overall increase in confirmed cases of abuse from 5,138 cases to 8,818. Of the 46,993 cases seen during 2010-2016, 85.14% involved girls, 44.75% involved those aged 12-17, and 15% of cases related to boys. One in five girls and one in 20 boys are estimated to be the victims of childhood sexual abuse, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime.

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