Who Sexually Abuses Children?
In as many as 93 percent of child sexual cases, the child knows the person that commits the abuse.
Douglas, Emily and D. Finkelhor, Childhood sexual abuse fact sheet, http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/factsheet/pdf/childhoodSexualAbuseFactSheet.pdf, Crimes Against Children Research Center, May 2005
Most are acquaintances but as many as 47% are family or extended family.
Briere, J., Eliot, D.M. Prevalence and Psychological Sequence of Self-Reported Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse in General Population: Child Abuse and Neglecti, 2003, 27 10.
85% of the time children are abused by someone they know.
Oesterreich, L. & Shirer, K. Sexual Abuse of Children, 2001.
The people who sexually abuse can be immediate or extended family members (fathers, mothers, stepparents, grandparents, siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, etc.). They can be neighbors, babysitters, religious leaders, teachers, coaches, or anyone else who has close contact with children.