Facts on CSA

February 4, 2022
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According to recent statistics;

One in six children aged 11-17 (16.5%) have experienced sexual abuse.

Nearly a quarter of young adults (24.1%) experienced sexual abuse (including contact and non-contact) by an adult or by a peer during childhood

In 2011, almost 21,000 allegations of children suffering abuse were passed from the NSPCC to police or children’s services

Police recorded over 23,000 sex offences against children aged under 18 years in England and Wales between April 2010 and March 2011.2

11.3% (1 in 9) of young adults said they had experienced contact sexual abuse during their childhood. In a 2000 NSPCC study 72% of sexually abused children did not tell anyone about the abuse at the time and 27% told someone later. Approximately one third (31%) still had not told anyone about their experience(s) by early adulthood.

Below are the key findings on child sexual abuse.

One in nine young adults (11.3%) experienced contact sexual abuse during childhood.

One in 20 children aged 11-17 (4.8%) have experienced contact sexual abuse.

Two thirds (65.9%) of contact sexual abuse experienced by children aged 0-17 was perpetrated by someone aged under 18.

More than one in three children aged 11-17 (34%) who experienced contact sexual abuse by an adult did not tell anyone else about it.

Four out of five children aged 11-17 (82.7%) who experienced contact sexual abuse from a peer did not tell anyone else about it.


From: Radford, Lorraine, Corral, Susana, Bradley, Christine, Fisher, Helen, Bassett, Claire, Howat, Nick and Collishaw, Stephan (2011) Child abuse and neglect in the UK today. London: NSPCC.

These statistics are by no means a true reflection the scale of the problem that, as a society face in regards to the sexual abuse of our children and young people, the vast majority of abuse cases go unreported and are covered up by those who may know a child is, or has been abused but choose not to support the child, which is a very common reaction, particularly for abuse committed within the family unit.

Sexual abuse of children and young people is alive and active in the here and now, despite misguided perceptions, our innocent vulnerable young people are not being abused by middle-aged men in greasy overcoats, who tempt them with sweeties or jump out at them from behind bushes at the local park, but much worse than this, on the whole they are being systematically groomed and abused by smiling, happy, friendly faced adults who they know and trust.