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Incest

  • In India, a government survey of 12,500 children and parents in 13 of 29 states found that over 53% of children between the ages of 5 and 18 have been sexually abused. Most surveyed said they knew the abuser. (Ministry of Women and Child Welfare, United Press International, April 2007)
  • In Barbados, a national survey of women and men aged 20 to 45 found that 33 per cent of women and 2 per cent of men reported having been sexually abused during childhood. (UNFPA, http://www.unfpa.org/intercenter/role4men/eliminat.htm )
  • A review of victim reports in 3 states in the US in 1992 revealed that 46% of rape victims under age 12 had a family relationship with the perpetrator, and 20% were raped by their fathers. (Bureau of Justice Statistics)
  • One of every seven victims of sexual assault reported to law enforcement agencies were under age 6. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Incident-Based Reporting System, based on reports from law enforcement agencies of 12 States from 1991 through 1996)
  • In a 1992 report from Canada, 17% of girls under the age of 16 had experienced incest. (http://www.metrac.org/new/stat_sex.htm, J. Holmes and E. Silverman, 1992, We're Here, Listen to Us: A Survey of Young Women in Canada)
  • A random survey of 2,627 women and men conducted by the Los Angeles Times found that 27% of the women and 16% of the men had been incestuously abused as children (By Silence Betrayed, John Crewsdon, Little Brown, 1988).
  • In Australia, based on a range of behaviours where children are used for someone's sexual gratification, the prevalence rate is 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men. (http://www.rwh.org.au/casa/info.cfm?doc_id=4004, Fergussen and Mullen, 1999)
  • According to a 1989 study, one out of every eight women in New Zealand has had an experience of incest (Otago W omen‘s Health Study,1989)
  • According to New Zealand's Rape Crisis Auckland 2003 statistics, 43% of cases of childhood sexual abuse were perpetrated by a family member. www.rapecrisis.org.nz
  • In Malaysia, there are approximately 300 cases of incest reported each year. (Women's Center for Change Panang).
  • In Serbia's Belgrade Incest Trauma Center statistics for 2005, the average duration of incest and sexual abuse of a minor was 5 years, 8 months. In 28% of the cases, the minor was abused by two or more offenders. http://www.incesttraumacentar.org.yu/Statistics.htm