When Stats Aren’t Facts
Often people put forth the argument that child molestation is a relative rarity in today’s society. Unfortunately that myth is untrue. The facts don’t lie.
According to the FBI:
- The FBI estimates each child has almost a 25% chance of being molested, with a sex offender living ‘in every square mile of the United States.’
- They also believe approximately 1 in 10 men have molested children, with only a 3% chance of being caught for their crimes.
According to Ken Wooden:
- Male offenders who abused girls had an average of 52 victims each
- Men who molested boys had an astonishing average of 150 victims each
- Only 3% of these crimes had ever been detected.
- 49% of offenders of victims under age 6 were family members
- 42% of offenders of victims ages 7-11 were family members
- 24% of offenders of victims ages 12 – 17 were family members
According to Dr. Herbert Wagemaker:
- 4% of the population suffers from sexual orientation toward children.
- Almost 70% of children were molested by family members, fathers, uncles, and grandfathers – males they trusted.
- Pedophilia involves sexual attraction/orientation towards children, and usually involves males. Pedophilia is very rare among females.
- These fantasies and actions often last for at least a 6-month time period, often involving 2 or more kids, and recurs.
According to the Family Watchdog:
- 1 of 5 girls and 1 of 6 boys will be molested before their 18th birthday.
- 90% of all sexual assaults against children are committed by someone whom the victim knew.
- The typical sexual predator will assault 117 times before being caught.
- The re-arrest rate for convicted child molesters is 52%.
Several credible sources produce numbers, statistics and projections on the subject. None of them exactly match… but one thing is clear: Molestation is anything but rare.