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Journal Issue: Sexual Abuse of Children Volume 4 Number 2 Summer/Fall 1994

Current Information on the Scope and Nature of Child Sexual Abuse
David Finkelhor

Introduction

Sexual abuse has been a prominent topic of public concern for more than a decade, but many basic facts about the problem remain unclear or in dispute. This article reviews current knowledge about some of the most frequently asked questions: How many children are sexually abused? Is abuse increasing? And who is at risk? Unfortunately, research has provided few definitive answers to these questions. Fortunately, new knowledge is accumulating rapidly.