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A Counselor's Guide to Child Sexual Abuse: Prevention, Reporting and Treatment strategies
Kenneth L. Miller, Marianne K. Dove, and Susan M. Miller
Statistics on child sexual abuse reveal that it is a significant, yet poorly defined, problem in the United States. It is difficult to determine the actual number of children who are sexually victimized because reported prevalence rates vary across research studies and data sources. In 2002, the Rape & Sexual Abuse Center reported that there were approximately 60 million survivors of child sexual abuse living in the United States. The National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children (NAPSAC, 2008) suggested that one in five American children is a victim of such abuse. Information from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), which contains child protective services data, showed that in 2006, 8.8% of the 905,000 children classified as victims of maltreatment were sexually abused (reported in Child Maltreatment 2006, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Researchers generally concur that the