Child sexual abuse declines 60% over past two decades

The New York Times reports, “The rates of child sexual abuse in the United States, while still significant and troubling, have been decreasing steadily over the last two decades by several critical measures.”

There may have been a 60 percent decline from 1992 to 2010 according to “a variety of indicators, including national surveys of child abuse and crime victimization, crime statistics compiled by the F.B.I., analyses of data from the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect and annual surveys of grade school students in Minnesota.”

But one expert “suggested that changes in how child protection agencies classify cases could be contributing to the decrease.”

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1 Response to Child sexual abuse declines 60% over past two decades

  1. Steve says:

    Hellow Dr Walt,
    This sounds like a call to rejoice on first reading it. The last line may be ther most telling. The trend may be more in the reporting and definitions of sexual behaviors than a change in the behaviors themselves. Be aware, there is a subtle move toward normalizing all sexual expression. Once the definitions are changed the statistics change. Watch for more redefinitions and deletions in the DSM 5 to be released May 2013.

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