Any interaction between a child and an adult or an older child in which the child is used for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator or an observer.
Nationally, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by the time they're 18. Only about 10% of child sexual abuse is ever reported.
Half of child sexual abuse victims are younger than nine years old. At Baltimore Child Abuse Center, 38% of children seen are boys. Nearly 40% are younger than seven years old; 76% are younger than 12 years old.
Ninety percent of abusers are someone the child or family knows. Almost half of child sexual abuse is committed by teenage boys or young adults aged 14 to 30.
Yes. Child sexual abuse is a crime of secrecy. Simply by breaking the silence and starting a conversation with children you can begin taking steps to prevent abuse. Click here to learn more about what you can do to prevent child sexual abuse.
In Baltimore City, call 911 or (410) 361-2235
Outside Baltimore City, report it to the proper authorities by calling 911 or your local department of social services. Click here for a list of numbers.