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Physical and Sexual Abuse

Physical and Sexual Abuse is a subcategory of PTSD, but deserves it own recognition here at The Chevalier Institute.  The numbers are staggering and the thought of it is sickening.  And often the most vulnerable are involved.

Children

Sexual child abuse is a type of maltreatment, violation, and exploitation that refers to the involvement of the child in sexual activity to provide sexual gratification or financial benefit to the perpetrator. It includes contact for sexual purposes, molestation, statutory rape, prostitution, pornography, exposure, incest, or other sexually exploitative activities.

What happens to kids during childhood shapes who they become as adults.

Children living through abuse and violence, unnecessarily suffer the ill effects of this trauma for the rest of their lives.

Sexual Abuse Statistics

  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old.
  • Over 65,000 children were sexually abused in 2016.
  • 6 % of reported child abuse cases were sexual abuse.
  • 34% of people who sexually abuse a child are family members.
  • 3% of girls were age 10 or younger at the time of their first rape/victimization, and 30% of girls were between the ages of 11 and 17.
  • 8% of boys were age 10 or younger at the time of their first rape/victimization.
  • 96% of people who sexually abuse children are male, and 76.8% of people who sexually abuse children are adults.
  • 325,000 children are at risk of becoming victims of commercial child sexual exploitation each year.
  • Caregiver alcohol or drug abuse is a child abuse risk factor putting kids at much higher risk for being abused.
  • The average age at which girls first become victims of prostitution is 12 to 14 years old, and the average age for boys is 11 to 13 years old.

Women

The second group that is prone to physical and sexual abuse are women. It is estimated that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner (not including sexual harassment) at some point in their lives. However, some national studies show that up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. Evidence shows that women who have experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence report higher rates of depression, having an abortion and acquiring HIV, compared to women who have not.

Similar to data from other regions, in all four countries of a multi-country study from the Middle East and North Africa, men who witnessed their fathers using violence against their mothers, and men who experienced some form of violence at home as children, were significantly more likely to report perpetrating intimate partner violence in their adult relationships. For example, in Lebanon the likelihood of perpetrating physical violence was more than three times higher among men who had witnessed their fathers beating their mothers during childhood than those who did not.

It is estimated that of the 87,000 women who were intentionally killed in 2017 globally, more than half (50,000- 58 per cent) were killed by intimate partners or family members, meaning that 137 women across the world are killed by a member of their own family every day. More than a third (30,000) of the women intentionally killed in 2017 were killed by their current or former intimate partner.

Adult women account for 51 per cent of all human trafficking victims detected globally. Women and girls together account for 71 per cent, with girls representing nearly three out of every four child trafficking victims. Nearly three out of every four trafficked women and girls are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Like other impacts the traumatic experiences lead to PTSD. (read more about it in the section of PTSD)

 

Treatment

Conventional treatment methodologies have shown little to no effect to better the conditions of the patient.  Drug prescription at best mask the problem but don’t cure.  Other methods are a long and winding road.  The Chevalier Institute offers treatments that can provide the cure in as little as one treatment.