Child Sexual Abuse is so often kept secret that statistics vary widely, but what we do know is that it exists in Bermuda and is quite prevalent.

According to Bermuda’s Department of Child & Family Services (DCFS), the following child sexual abuse cases were reported and the majority of which involved children between the ages of 9 and 14.

  • 2011 there were 136 cases
  • 2012 there were 106 cases
  • 2013 there were 126 cases
  • 2014 there were 173 cases – Females 136, males 37
    It is difficult to provide the exact number of cases as children are afraid to tell what has happened and the legal process proves difficult to validate an episode.

Some  research in the United States has shown:

  •   1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday

  •   20% of child sexual abuse victims are under the age of 8
  •   30% of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members or relatives
  •   50-60% are abused by people the family trusts

  •   10% of children are abused by strangers

  •    90% of children who are victims of sexual abuse know their abuser
  •   25% of child molesters are women

  •   40% of child abusers are older children
  •   88% of child sexual abuse is never reported


Statistics from other organizations around the world:

Darkness To Light –
1 in 10 before the child’s 18th birthday

1 In 6, Inc. –
1 in 6 before the child’s 18th birthday

Stop It Now –
1 in 3 girls, 1 in 7 boys, will be sexually abused at some point in their childhood.

1 in 4 girls, 1 in 6 boys before the child’s 18th birthday

Enough Abuse Campaign
1 in 4 girls, 1 in 6 boys before the child’s 18th birthday

Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept –
1 in 3 girls, 1 in 6 boys before the child’s 18th birthday

1 in 3 adults would not believe a child if they disclosed sexual abuse