Female Victims of Sexual Abuse
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FACT: 80% of female prisoners were victims of childhood physical or sexual abuse (Conference on Child Victimization & Child Offending, 20002).
FACT: 75% of Aboriginal girls under the age of 18 were sexually abused; 75% of Aboriginal victims of sex crimes were females under 18 years of age; 50% were under 14 years, and almost 25% were younger than 7 years (Alliance of Five Research Centres on Violence, 19993).
FACT: In 1995, B.C. Children's Hospital4 found that 58% of cases seen by the child abuse team involved sexual assault, with 78% of the victims being female and 44% being under 5 years of age.
FACT: Young women who had not participated in a school abuse prevention program in childhood were about twice as likely to have become female victims of sexual abuse as those who had participated in a prevention program (Gibson & Leitenberg, 2000, pp. 1115-11255).
FACT: In the Canadian National Population Health Survey, 75% of female victims of sexual abuse did not report their abuse experience (Matthews, 1996, p. 156).
FACT: In a study of 938 adolescents admitted to residential, therapeutic communities for the treatment of substance abuse and related disorders, 64% of the girls reported histories of sexual abuse (Hawke, Jainchill & DeLeon, 2000, pp. 35-477)
FACT: In one study exploring school professionals' beliefs and attitudes about child sexual abuse, participants viewed vignettes depicting a 10-year-old female responding to a father's sexual advances in: one, an encouraging manner; two, a passive manner; three, a resistant manner. For the most part, the participants did not attribute blame to the child; however, 16% of the teachers and 8% of the school psychologists attributed some blame to the child victim (Ford, Schindler, & Medway, 2001, pp.25-448).
See the table below for Societal Biases of Female Victims of Sexual Abuse
FACT: In a study of pregnancy risk among 200 women aged 12 - 18 years of age, Rainy, Stevens-Simon and Kaplan found that female victims of sexual abuse were more likely to report having wanted to become pregnant, having boyfriends who wanted them to become pregnant and fearing infertility because of gynecologic and obstetric problems resulting from repeated sexual abuse (Blinn-Pike et al., 2002, p. 19).
Females report sexual abuse more often than males; however, female victims of sexual abuse are often blamed for the sexual advances of a male offender, even when the female is a young child.
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|Sexual Abuse Victims||Male Victims|
|Female Victims||Victims with Disability|
|Sexual Abuse Disclosures|
|Sexual Abuse||Sexual Abuse Victims|
|Sexual Abuse Definition||Male Victims|
|Sexual Abuse Signs||Female Victims|
|Sexual Abuse Effects||Victims with Disability|
|Sexual Abuse Statistics||Sexual Abuse Disclosures|
|Abuse Headlines||History of Abuse|
|Sexual Abuse Signs||Child Abuse Stats|
|Sexual Abuse Effects||Emotional Abuse|
|Sexual Abuse Stats||Emotional Abuse Types|
|Sexual Abuse Victims||Emotional Abuse Signs|
|Male Victims||Emotional Abuse Effects|
|Victims w/ Disability||Emotional Abuse Stats|
|Sexual Abuse Disclosures||Physical Abuse|
|Sex Offenders||Physical Abuse Signs|
|Male Sex Offenders||Abuse & Discipline|
|Female Sex Offenders||Physical Abuse Effects|
|Child Sex Offenders||Physical Abuse Stats|
|Adolescent Sex Offenders||Child Neglect|
|Incestuous Sex Offenders||Child Neglect Signs|
|Internet Sex Offenders||Child Neglect Effects|
|Child Abuse Law||Child Neglect Stats|
|Age of Majority||Poverty & Neglect|
|Duty to Report||Sexual Abuse|
|Abuse Intervention||Sexual Abuse Defined|
Female Victims of Sexual Abuse
NOTE: Information pages on this site were based on material from the Canadian Red Cross RespectED Training Program. Written permission was obtained to use their copyrighted material on this site.
1 Wonderlich, S. et al. (2000). No title. In Sexual Abuse Statistics (Impact of Child Sexual Abuse). Retrieved November, 2002, from http://www.prevent-abuse-now.com/stats.htm#child
2 Conference on Child Victimization & Child Offending. (2000). Working together for children: Protection and prevention data needs for timely intervention.. Paper presented in Toronto, Ontario.
3 Alliance of Five Research Centres on Violence. (1999, December). Violence prevention and the girl child: Final report.. Retrieved January, 2000, from http://www.unb.ca/departs/arts/CFVR/girl.html
4 British Columbia Children's Hospital. (1995). CPSU Statistics. B.C. Children's Hospital: Vancouver.
5 Gibson, L. & Leitenberg, H. (2000). Child sexual abuse prevention programs: Do they decrease the occurrence of child sexual abuse? Child Abuse and Neglect, 24(9), 1115-1125.
6 Matthews, F. (1996). The invisible boy: Revisioning the victimization of male children and teens. Ottawa: National Clearinghouse on Family Violence.
7 Hawke, J., Jainchill, N., & DeLeon, G. (2000). School professionals' attributions of blame for child sexual abuse. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 9(3), 35-47.
8 Ford, H., Schindler, C., & Medway, F. (2001). School professionals' attributions of blame for child sexual abuse. Journal of School Psychology, 39(1).
9 Blinn-Pike, L. et al. (2002). Is there a causal link between maltreatment and adolescent pregnancy? A literature review. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 17(1).