11.9% of Maine high school students (13.3% of girls, and 10.4% of boys) report having been physically forced to have sexual intercourse in their lifetime.(1)

13.6% of Maine high school students (18.1% of girls and 9% of boys) report having been forced to have sexual contact in any way in their lifetime.(2)

A recent national study estimates that 42.2% of female rape victims were raped before the age of 18 and 27.8% of male victims were first raped when they were ten years old or younger.(3)

Approximately 85% of minors who are sexually abused never tell, or delay telling, about the abuse.(4)

The total lifetime estimated financial costs associated with just one year of confirmed cases of child maltreatment (physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and neglect) is approximately $124 billion.(5)

Globally, prevalence rates show that a range of 7-36% of  women and 3-29% of men experience childhood sexual abuse.(6)


1. Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey. Retrieved from:
2. Ibid.
3. Black, M.C., et al. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention & Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
4. Stop It Now. (2008-2013). When a child tells about sexual abuse. Retrieved from:
5. Fang, X. (2012). The economic burden of child maltreatment in the United States and implications for prevention. Child Abuse and Neglect 36(2): 156-165.
6. Dartnall E, Jewkes. (2012). Sexual violence against women: The scope of the problem. Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 27(1), 3-13.