How many victims know their abusers?

How many victims know their abusers?

The attacker is known to the vast majority of child and adolescent victims. In 93 percent of sexual abuse instances reported to law enforcement, the offender was known to the victim; 59 percent were acquaintances. Parents or other family members were the abuser in 27 percent of cases.

Only 3 percent of children know their abuser well enough to identify them. This may be because children tend to minimize the importance of relationships with others or because they do not want to hurt someone who has done them no harm.

Knowing your abuser's name can help put an end to the violence. If you are in a safe place, telling someone about the abuse can give you strength when thinking about reporting it to police.

Child victims often feel like they are alone in their experience. However, there are resources available to them. The first thing people should do if they believe a child is experiencing abuse is call the authorities so that help can be sent out immediately. Child protective services will also provide referrals to other agencies that may be able to help.

Child victims deserve to be treated with care and compassion. It is not their fault that their abuser is doing this kind of damage to them. All too often, children are punished for what their parents do or do not prevent.

How many children are abused by family members?

The majority of these youngsters had been sexually molested by someone they knew. For children, it is estimated that 34% of rapes or sexual assaults reported to law enforcement were committed by a family member, and for children under the age of six, the figure is much higher at 49%. (Synder, 2000).

Between 20 and 50% of childhood victims know their abuser. Most often, this is an older sibling or parent who has been entrusted with the care of younger siblings or children themselves. Sometimes, however, it is another child in the family; usually a cousin or neighbor. About 10% of abusers are strangers to the victim. These people most often target boys but girls can be victimized as well.

The statistics on domestic violence against women are even more shocking. It is believed that up to 70% of female victims know their aggressor. Young women between the ages of 15 and 24 make up over half of all assault victims. Women are three times more likely than men to be killed by their spouses or boyfriends.

Children who witness domestic violence are also at risk of being abused. They may try to protect their parents by refusing to talk with outsiders or with authorities if they are asked about what they have seen...it is important not to use force when questioning children because this could put them in danger of being hurt by another person's anger.

What percentage of abusers were abused themselves?

According to the best current evidence, 75 percent or more of persons who perpetrate acts of sexual or physical violence against others were victimized as children. This estimate is based on findings from studies of abusive men in prison and clinical samples; however, it seems likely that the proportion who were abused is much higher among community-based perpetrators.

Who are these people? Abusive men tend to be isolated individuals who have difficulty forming close relationships with others. They are often described as having a "cold" personality style. Although this label has been used to describe many different types of people, it tends to apply to those who are aloof, unemotional, and lack compassion for others. Behavioral scientists have developed several other terms to identify specific traits that may contribute to an individual being labeled as "abusive." These include "vindictive," "irrational," "explosive," and "controlling."

Vindictive people take pleasure in seeing others suffer the consequences of their actions. They can become obsessed with getting revenge against those who have offended them.

What percentage of people who were abused or neglected?

Victims were ignored 60.8 percent of the time, physically assaulted 10.7 percent of the time, and sexually molested 7.0 percent of the time. Not all victims are abused to the same extent; one in four victims is beaten so severely that he or she requires medical attention. About 1 in 10 victims is actually killed.

Abused children are five times more likely than other children to be involved in child abuse cases as adults. Child abusers often begin abusing children before they are aware of their own abusive tendencies. Some common forms of childhood abuse include emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. Emotional abuse can consist of name-calling, humiliating others, or creating a feeling of isolation. Physical abuse includes beating up someone with fists or objects that could cause injury. Sexual abuse involves any sexual act done against a person's will. Neglect means failing to provide the basic necessities like food, shelter, safety, and care for your children.

Childhood abuse can happen to anyone, at any age, in any family situation. It can be committed by parents or other caregivers, teachers, coaches, friends, and authority figures. The only way to stop childhood abuse is not to allow it to continue.

About Article Author

Derrick True

Derrick True is a former agent. He has been in the field for over ten years and he has seen his fair share of danger. Derrick was always one to take risks and show no fear, but as time went by he realized that it wasn't worth it. He decided to retire from the agency so now he can spend more time with his family and write about his fair share of experiences.

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