1. Stranger Danger
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Most abuse happens as a result of stranger abduction.
According to the California Attorney General’s office, 90% of children sexually abused know their abuser. That means that the chances your child was sexually abused by a friend or family member are nine times more likely than a stranger. The Center for Sexual Offender Management discovered that, “relatives, friends, babysitters, persons in positions of authority over the child, or persons who supervise children are more likely than strangers to commit a sexual assault.” Someone you may have invited into your home may have sexually abused your child.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics National Criminal Victimization Survey reported over 346,830 rapes or sexual assaults of children 12 or older. Considering that only 30% of sexual assault cases are reported to authorities, that’s well over 1,000,000 cases of sexual assaults a year.