Facts about online sex abuse January 15, 2007Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Internet Safety, Social Networking, Youth Culture.
I was reading an interesting blog post by danah boyd, a PhD student from UC Berkeley School of Information, about child abuse, sexual predators and the moral panic in the US. In this post she refers to an article by Peter Reilly called The Facts About Online Sex Abuse and Schools. In the article Reilly shares some data about sexual predators. One of the charts shows that 95% of child abuse and sexual abuse is perpetrated by family members (79% of the perpetrators are parents). Only in 5% of the cases the perpetrators are strangers who the children have met either online or face-to-face.
See for example this chart that puts some perspective on the threat from strangers – online or not:
Read the whole article here.