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Child Abuse Facts: The Range of Sexual Abuse

Abstract: 15 % of women have negative sexual experience with a family member before the age of 17, and 7 % of grown-up women experience sexual abuse or rape.

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Child Abuse Facts: The Range of Sexual Abuse

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Written by: Wendy Moelker, psychologist in charge of Emergis, Goes, the Netherlands.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 24 Aug 2008.

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Girls are sexually abused more often than boys. The relation between boys and girls at the Dutch offices of doctors at advice centers was 1:3 in 1995. Among adult women, more than 15% have had some kind of negative, unwanted or forced sexual experience with a family member before 16. Of women between 20 and 60, 7% experienced sexual abuse, rape or forced sex in relationships.
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