These are the statistics I used to estimate the number and frequency of child sexual abuses that occur globally and that I used in my title post "Save A Child from Sexual Abuse by 3:15 PM".
The rates of child sex abuse of 20% for girls and 8% for boys came from Journalist's Resource website. They are also the numbers most frequently used elsewhere, although many organizations are using 1 in 3 or 1 in 4 for girls. But these are just the starting numbers.
134,000,000 Annual births globally (Wikipedia)
2,267,280,000 babies born in 18 years (less 6% mortality rate)
226,728,000 girls sexually abused by 18 (20%)
90,691,200 boys sexually abused by 18 (8%)
317,419,200 children sexually abused by 18 (=14%)
12,596,000 girls abused annually
5,038,400 boys abused annually
17,634,400 children abused annually
34,510 girls abused daily
13,804 boys abused daily
48,313 children abused daily
2,013 children abused hourly
But wait a minute, it gets worse
There are a few problems with the above stats, starting with having left out Child Brides and victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), which, in my opinion qualifies as a child sex crime, especially since most are performed before puberty. Child Brides often have their marriages consummated at the age of 8 years, resulting of 10 years of Child Sex Abuse (CSA).
There are 130,000,000 women alive today who have had FGM (Wikipedia & WHO). The UN now says that number is 200 million.
The average life expectancy for a woman born in the countries where FGM is popular is much lower than in the rest of the world, frequently below 60 years. But let's be generous and call it 70. So, 200m divided by 70 = 3 million, That's how many FGMs are performed each year.
(National Geographic). That equals 14,600,000 child brides per year. Most are 15 years or older, but 7,600 per day, or 2,774,000 per year are under 15 years. If we use 16 years as the average age, that means those children are sexually abused for 1 to 2 years, before they turn 18. Many are likely still abused after 18 but they no longer count as children.
Now, if we add the 3m FGM and the 14.6m child brides to the 12.6m sexually abused girls we get:
30,000,000 girls abused annually (rounded)
5,000,000 boys abused annually
35,000,000 children abused annually (rounded)
82,300 girls abused daily
13,700 boys abused daily
96,000 children abused daily
4,000 children abused hourly
67 children every minute
1.1 child every second
And still worse
The above, however, reflect only the number of children who are sexually abused. It does not reflect the number of child sexual assaults because of repeated abuse of most victims.
The majority of victims (80%) are repeatedly assaulted. Many of them thousands of times like underage prostitutes whether voluntary or forced, and child brides. In one recent story a girl who had been trafficked in Mexico claimed she had been raped 43,200 times.
I have no idea what the average would be but if it were:
Avg # CSA There would be
10 6,300,000,000 sexual abuses of children every 18 years
25 15,800,000,000 These numbers are Billions, with a B.
10 350,500,000 events of child sexual abuse annually
25 875,000,000 These numbers are billions
10 960,000 events of child sexual abuse daily
10 40,000 events of child sexual abuse hourly
10 667 events of child sexual abuse every minute
And, would you believe, even worse still
One more point, these are just the number of abuses that begin. I don't know how long the average child sex abuse episode lasts, but if we assume it's so many minutes:
Minutes There would be
5 3,333 children sexually abused each minute
10 6,667 if average # of abuses per child = 10
5 8,000 # of children being sexually abused each minute
10 16,000 if average # of abuses per child = 25
5 33,000 # of children sexually abused each minute
10 67,000 if average # of abuses per child = 100
In summary, at the very least, 667 children are being sexually abused right now.
At the very worst, as many as 67,000 children may be being abused right now.
The real number is somewhere between those.
Also, when you include FGM and child brides, as we should, then 6 girls are sexually abused for each boy. The insanity has to stop!
Obviously, the numbers are hardly believable, yet, there they are. We must pray for these children. Please commit to praying for at least one child per day. See my 3:15 PM prayer model, please.