According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego, more than one in five adults (20.7%) were sexually abused as children. Women are especially vulnerable: the CDC report claims that nearly 1 in 4 women (24.7%) are sexually abused as children
Childhood sex abuse can lead to a lifetime of physical and mental complications. The CDC and Kaiser Permanente’s studies found that children who were sexually abused lived, on average, 19 years less than children who were not abused. Childhood sex abuse has been linked to adolescent and adult self-harm, including suicide attempts, cutting, and self-starvation. Another study found childhood sexual abuse to be the single strongest predictor of suicide.
Child sex abuse victims are at 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 the 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. It was intended 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.