Childhood Trauma

Scope of The Issue

  • 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse
  • Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident
  • Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13

The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Survivors of CSA are more likely to:
  • develop symptoms of drug abuse
  • experience PTSD as adults
  • experience a major depressive episode as adults
  • be victims of rape and domestic violence in the future
The negative long-term consequences can be mitigated by getting treatment and support early.