The jury has spoken. The verdict is in. Jerry Sandusky has been charged with 45 child sexual abuse charges and will be sentenced in a few weeks. While following the trial, I thought often of Victims 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, and the courage it took to get on the witness stand.
We often think of sexual assault in terms of females being targeted, but the fact is 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by age 18, according to David Finkelhor in \”Sexual Abuse in a National Survey of Adult Men and Women: Prevalence, Characteristics, and Risk Factors.\” 1990.
It’s up to us as parents to be aware of the facts:
- More than 90% of all sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator. Almost 50% of the offenders are household members and 38% are already acquaintances of the victims.
- The average serial child molester has between 360-380 victims in his lifetime.
- Only 12% of all cases of child abuse are reported.
- The most common ages of children when sexual abuse occurs are between 8 and 12
The information below reveals the secret strategies of child molesters.