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Sexual Abuse

Overcoming The Abuse

Sexual abuse or sexual assault, which occurs in many forms, includes child sexual abuse, male and female rape, and ritual sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is generally considered by experts, including mental health professionals, as an "act of aggression" and not a "crime of passion." The majority of sexual abusecrime is committed by men, and it is increasing at a faster rate than any other violent crime in the United States. The National Victim Center reports that over 700,000 women are sexually abused annually, with an estimated 61% ofthese under the age of 18, and that, as a conservative estimate, one in everysix boys is sexually abused before the age of 16. These numbers are considered extremely conservative. Studies show that approximately 80% of all sexualassaults are committed by a friend, acquaintance, or family member of the victim. Victims of sexual abuse--whether female or male, child or adult--are susceptible to life-long emotional pain. Because so many cases go unreported, many victims suffer their pain in silence and without help or comfort.

Starting A New Life

Sexual Abuse