Facts & Stats

  • 35.8% of sexual assaults occur when the victim is between the ages of 12 and 17.
  • Teens 16 to 19 years of age were 3 ½ times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.

National Sex Offenders Registry

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What to Look For:

  • Frequent bruises or broken bones
  • Frequent school absences
  • Sudden emotional withdrawal
  • Sudden aggressive behavior
  • Nightmares
  • Acting out in school
  • Social isolation
  • Inadequate personal hygiene

Facts & Stats

  • Approximately 1 in 7 (13%) youth Internet users received unwanted sexual solicitations.
  • In more than one-quarter (27%) of incidents, solicitors asked youths for sexual photographs of themselves.

National Sex Offenders Registry

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Upon disclosure: What do you do? What do you say?

  • “I’m really glad that you told me.”
  • “It took a lot of courage to tell me.”
  • “It’s not your fault.”
  • “We will work together to get you help.”
  • “I will need to tell some other people who help to protect children.”
  • “Together, we will get you help.”

Facts & Stats

  • 15% of cell-owning teens (12–17) say they have received sexually suggestive nude/seminude images of someone they know via text.
  • 11% of teenagers and young adults say they have shared naked pictures of themselves online or via text message. Of those, 26% do not think the person whom they sent the naked pictures to shared them with anyone else.

National Sex Offenders Registry

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What do they need?

  • Be careful not to make promises that you cannot keep. Do not promise you will not tell anyone.
  • Report immediately to a trusted adult or Department of Children and Families abuse hotline.
  • Only speak to those who have to know confidentially.
  • Gentle honesty–keep information age-appropriate and general.

Learn how to report abuse
Your reaction to someone’s disclosure plays an important role in their healing process.