The Lifetime Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Assessed in Late Adolescence

The purpose of this research it to estimate the likelihood that a recent cohort of children would be exposed to sexual abuse and sexual assault by age 17 in the United States. Self-report surveys in late adolescence reveal high rates of lifetime experience with sexual abuse and sexual assault at the hands of both adults and peers. Because of high continuing victimization during the late teen years, assessments are most complete when conducted among the oldest youth.

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Journal of Adolescent Health

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