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Adult child abusers have 10 times more victims than offenders who rape adults.  Child abusers have an average of 76 victims; a rapist has an average of seven.21

In one clinic, 49% of the incestuous fathers and stepfathers referred for outpatient treatment abused children outside the family at the same time they were abusing their own children, and 18% were raping adult women at the same time they were sexually abusing their own children.22

In any gathering of 100 women, 4-5 have been sexually abused by a father figure.23


71% of child sex abusers are below the age of 35.24

Half of the 4,295 child molesters are 20 or more years older than the child they were imprisoned for molesting.25


25% or less of interfamilial child sex abusers (incest perpetrators) are pedophiles.26

In a survey of college men, 21% reported some sexual attraction to children, with 7% saying they would be likely to have sex with children if they could not be detected or punished.27

In a phone survey, 10% of adult men admitted having sexually abused a child.28

Of abusers who perpetrate against young children, 90% are male and 95% are heterosexual.29

The majority of child sex offenders are heterosexual, and many are simultaneously involved in consenting adult relationships.  In one study, 83% of the offenders were heterosexual, and 17% were bisexual.  Some of these offenders abused both boys and girls.  Heterosexual men who abused boys usually said they did so because they

21 Metzner, Jeffrey L. The Adolescent Sex Offender: An Overview. Interchange (Jan. 1988), citing Abel, 1983.

22 Abel, G., et al. Multiple Paraphilia Diagnoses Among Sex Offenders. 16(2) Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. (1988): 153-168.

23 Russell, Diana E.H. 1986. The Secret Trauma. Basic Books, Inc.

24 Groth, A. Nicholas. 1990. Men Who Rape. Plenum Press.

25 Bureau of Justice Statistics. U.S. Department of Justice. 2003. Recidivism of Sex Offenders Released from Prison in 1994.

26 Longevin, R., and R. Watson. A Comparison of Incestuous Biological and Step-Fathers. 4 Annals of Sex Research (1991): 141-150.

27 Awad, George A., and Elizabeth B. Saunders. Male Adolescent Sexual Assaulters: Clinical Observations. Journal of Interpersonal Violence (Dec. 1991).

28 Ibid.

29 Holmes, W. C., M.D., MSCE, and G.B. Slap, M.S. Sexual Abuse of Boys.  280(1) Journal of the American Medical Association (1998): 1855-1862, citing numerous studies.

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