Child Sexual Abuse and Child Sex Trafficking

Child sexual abuse continues to be an epidemic:


  • 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;

  • Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;

  • Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13.


The research also indicates that vulnerable children and adolescents such as abused and neglected children are more likely to be victimized by sexual predators.

First Star Institute encourages society to utilize the many avenues to work towards eradicating this epidemic, including civil and criminal penalties, background screening and oversight of those working with children, public outreach, education and training focused on those who may be able to assist victims, and age-appropriate child empowerment and education.Our current sexual abuse project is aimed at arming lawyers for children with updated information to better serve their child clients.