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All Children Are At Risk Of Child Sexual Abuse, But Some Children Are Targeted More Than Others

A 70-year-old Oklahoma City man was arrested at a movie theater for allegedly groping a teenage girl.

The man had hired the alleged victim, along with her sister and their mother, to clean two properties he owns.

According to investigators, the perpetrator made repeated requests for the girls to stay the night with him at his house. The girls never did, but he would take them to the cinema to watch movies.

At the time of the incident, he brought the two sisters to the movie theater. While they were sitting, the accused reached over towards one of the girls, groped her, and touched her inappropriately. The girl told him to stop and then notified the police. Bill Miston "Child abuse expert highlights grooming of sexual abuse victims" kfor.com (Jan. 02, 2019).

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State agencies report that for every 1,000 children, 9.4 children were reported sexually abused in 2014.

All children are at risk of child sexual abuse; however, children in certain circumstances have a higher risk than others.

Girls are at a greater risk than boys. Estimates are that up to one in four girls, and one in six boys, experience some type of child sexual abuse.

Children with disabilities are 2.9 times more likely to be victims of child sexual abuse than children without disabilities, and when the disability is a mental one, these children are 4.6 times more likely to be victims of child sexual abuse when compared to children without disabilities. Children in single parent homes are also vulnerable to sexual abuse.

When adults have power over children or adults who safeguard children, the risk increases as well. In this matter, the perpetrator had economic power over the family.

However, the greatest risk for children is when children are left with an adult, and no safe adults are present. In this matter, the perpetrator expressed his desire to have the children alone.

This teen girl notified the police. Often, teens do not disclose their abuse.

Here are some reasons why:

  • They think they will be blamed.
  • They think no one will listen to or believe them.
  • They think they are mistaken that the abuse is wrong or even happened.
  • They think the perpetrator will harm them or their family.
  • They fear being viewed or treated differently by their peers or their family.
  • They fear being questioned.
  • They like how the abuse feels physically.
  • The offender is a relative or other person they love.
  • The offender is a person of power or influence.
  • They do not want the offender to get into trouble.
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