In a world where child sexual abuse is a very serious social concern, I believe it's vitally important to begin educating our children from a very young age. Particularly, as statistics indicate that the most vulnerable age for children to be exposed to sexual assault, appears to be between the ages of 3 and 8 years of age, with the majority of onset of abuse happening between these ages.*

Sadly, statistics** also indicate that 12% of females and 4.5% of males report having been sexually abused before the age of 15 years. In reality, the statistics are probably much higher as these only reflect the cases that were actually reported at or around the time of the abuse. Of those reported cases:
  • 45% were abused be a relative (i.e. parent, step-parent, grandparent, sibling, uncle, aunty or cousin)'
  • 47% were abused by a friend, neighbour, acquaintance or were otherwise known to them;
  • 11% were abused by a stranger.
And as recent reports have revealed, abuse can even be perpetrated by a child's own peers.

*According to Bravehearts' Sexual Assault Facts and Statistics documents 2012.
**According to statistics cited in the Australian Institute of Criminology's website.


Please find below links to resources listing signs and indications that a child may have been sexually abused:

Bravehearts: Signs & Indicators of Sexual Abuse

CASA: Indicators of Child Sexual Abuse

Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disabilities: Child Sexual Abuse Document


Contact numbers in Australia if you suspect a child has been abused:
1800RESPECT National Helpline 1800 737 732
Bravehearts Information & Support Line 1800 272 831
Click HERE for a list of departments responsible for child protection in your state or territory.