Sexual Exploitation

Informational Guide for Sexual Exploitation

What is Sexual Expoitation

Sexual exploitation is the sexual abuse of children and youth through the exchange of sex or sexual acts for drugs, food, shelter, protection, other basics of life, and/or money. Sexual exploitation includes involving children and youth in creating pornography and sexually explicit websites

Statistics of Sexual Exploitation

Statistics

  • 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse
  • Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident
  • During a one-year period in the U.S., 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized
  • Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13
  • Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized
  • Children who had an experience of rape or attempted rape in their adolescent years were 13.7 times more likely to experience rape or attempted rape in their first year of college