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Victim Statistics

  • Experts estimate that about 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday. 2

  • Youth are the victims in 66% of all sexual offences reported to law enforcement.2

  • youth are 2.5 times more likely to be raped than adults. 2

  • 35% of child victims are 11 years old or younger.2

  • Children living without either parent (foster children) are 10 times more likely to be sexually abused than children that live with both biological parents.2

  • Children who live with a single parent, who has a "live in" partner are at the highest risk. They are 20 times more likely to be victims of child sexual abuse than children living with both biological parents. 2

  • Children who witness or are the victim of other crimes are significantly more likely to be sexually abused. 2

  • 9% of all 10-17 year old receive unwanted sexual requests while on the internet. 2

  • 23% of 10-17 years old experience unwanted exposure to pornography. 2

  • About 75% of child pornography victims are living at home when they are photographed, and parents are often responsible. 2

Perpetrator Statistics

  • 90% of children who are victims of sexual abuse know their abuser. 2

  • 30% of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members. 2

  • 60% children who are sexually abused are abused by people the family trusts. 2

  • 40% of children who are sexually abused are abused by older, or more powerful children. 2

  • 10% or less of children who are sexually abused are abused by a stranger. 2

  • Only 5 out of every 100 perpetrators will end up in prison. 4

Human Trafficking Statistics

  • In 2019, Kentucky had 215 Human Trafficking cases where the victim was age 17 and under. 3

  • 15 of those cases were in the Eastern Mountain region of Kentucky (Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Wolfe). 3

  • University of Louisville Survey shows, victims in 40% of human trafficking cases are homeless youth. 1

  • Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations. 5

  • Most instances of Human trafficking in Eastern Kentucky, a parent or guardian offers their children for sexual services in exchange for drugs.

For more information on Human Trafficking see: Myths and Misconceptions

1. Blackford, Linda. “40 Percent of Homeless Youth in Louisville Are Victims of Sex Trafficking, Report Finds.” Lexington Herald Leader, 2017,,40%20percent%20of%20homeless%20youth%20in%20Louisville,of%20sex%20trafficking%2C%20report%20finds&text=University%20of%20Louisville%20researchers%20have,with%20Attorney%20General%20Andy%20Beshear. Accessed 23 Sept. 2020.

2. Darkness to Lights Stewards of Children Interactive Workbook: Your Personal Prevention Plan. Darkness to Light, 2013.

3. Department for Community Based Services Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “Kentucky Child Victims of Human Trafficking Annual Report.” Legislative Research Commission, 1 Nov. 2019.

4. Healing Place for Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Trauma. 2018,

5. “What Is Human Trafficking?” Edited by Homeland Security, Department of Homeland Security, 6 May 2020,

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