More than one in five adults (20.7%) were sexually abused as children according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego. The report claims that nearly 1 in 4 women (24.7%) were sexually abused as children leading to problems that last a lifetime.
While it may not come as a surprise that survivors of childhood sex abuse have more difficult lives, the study says that those children can also expect their lives to have an average lifespan 19 years shorter than those of their counterparts who do not suffer that degree of childhood trauma. Childhood sex abuse is significantly related to adolescent and adult self-harm, including suicide attempts, cutting, and self-starving. Another study found childhood sexual abuse to be the single strongest predictor of suicide.
Child sex abuse victims face the risk for the following health problems:
- Alcoholism and alcohol abuse
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Fetal death
- Health-related quality of life
- Illicit drug use
- Ischemic heart disease (IHD)
- Liver disease
- Risk for intimate partner violence
- Multiple sexual partners
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Suicide attempts
- Unintended pregnancies
- Early initiation of smoking
- Early initiation of sexual activity
- Adolescent pregnancy
From a criminal justice standpoint, studies show that more than 75% of girls in juvenile justice system and 80% of women in prison and jails have been subjected to sexual / physical abuse.
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being.
The childhood molestation attorneys at Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard can help you and / or your family break societal silence by holding predators and their enablers accountable for what they did to you. Our track record working on behalf of child molestation victims speaks for itself. For a confidential free consultation with an attorney, please call us toll free at 866-433-6797 or at 408-289-1417. You may also fill out the case evaluation form to your right. We’re ready to help you.