The number of children admitted to US hospitals for sexual abuse doubled between 2010 and 2016, a new study reveals.
The study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, found that the number of emergency department admissions for child sexual abuse jumped from 5,138 in 2010 to 8,818 in 2016, an increase of more than 70%.
The authors of the study, from St Louis University, say the increase may in part be explained by doctors being more watchful for and better informed about the signs of sexual abuse than in past years.
But they also suspect that it’s driven by a rise in sex trafficking of young girls in the US.
“What we know is this impacts child abuse and neglect permeates all areas of our society. It impacts the community, schools, churches and it affects hospitals, and in this case, emergency departments, too, and the departments need to know how to properly care for kids in these circumstances and how to collect evidence,” Jesse Helton, an assistant professor of social work at the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University said.
More than 85% of the children being treated for sexual abuse in this report were girls. Based on the number of patients he sees at his hospital, he believes the numbers in this report are likely an undercount.
One in five girls and one in 20 boys are estimated to be the victims of childhood sexual abuse, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime.
And the effects of surviving these horrific experiences, which include not only rape and physical abuse, but voyeurism, exposure and child pornography, are carried forward with the victims.
EDITORS NOTE: We believe some of this is also due to an explosion of mostly fake incest videos being featured heavily on porn sites. They influence weak minded people and it’s clear to most people, that the porn industry wants to make this form of sexual behaviour acceptable.