Monday, April 20, 2015, on CDC statistics of childhood abuse . . .

Todd and others
I was doing more research and I see that there was a cdc study and/or estimates to the effect that 25% of females are sexually abused before the age of 18.
I assume that this is the statistic you are relying upon in your video and that the news report at king5.com managed to distort your statistic into a claim of 25% of women being sexually assaulted every year.
Forgive my having misunderstood you in part by reading the king5.com article and assuming it fairly represented your folks video.  When I first emailed you, it would have been nice if you had sent me a link to the cdc estimates, which I am reading here
  • An adult or person at least 5 years older ever touched or fondled you in a sexual way, or had you touch their body in a sexual way, or attempted oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse with you or actually had oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse with you.
The definition used in this cdc study appears to include consensual sexual conduct with persons 5 years or more older than onesself.  The definition also seems to exclude the sexual conduct and contact with those of approximately the same age.  The definition used by the cdc appears to include sexual contact or conduct or even butt patting done between a 16 year old and her 18 year-old boyfriend.  Most people do not consider that to be abuse, but by the definition used, it would apparently be included.
 
The statistics from this study, if valid, do not tell us anything about the rate of sexual assault done by peers among those in high school; the study definition for sexual abuse in this study intentionally exclude that.  The study also has the limitation that it is going to include consensual sexual encounters with older persons than onesself; it does not seem to separate out consensual encounters from non-consensual encounters.  If you wish to use the term “assault” in your video, and you rely upon a study which does not separate consensual and nonconsensual fondling or sexual experiences done by 16-year-olds with adults from other sexual experiences, that would be misleading to ordinary people.
It appears that your video speaks of sexual assault and this study or estimates done by the cdc speaks of sexual abuse.  Is it true that 25% of girls have been fondled or worse by an adult at some point in their first 18 years?  I don’t know.  I suppose it is; I have not done any study to prove what is the prevalence of such abuse, but one psychotherapist claims that a conservative estimate is less than 15%, not 25%.
Studies suggest that about 10% of children under the age of 18 are sexually abused. By gender, about 11-14% of girls and 4-5% of boys under the age of 18 have been sexually abused. However, these averages are considered conservative since many occurrences of sexual abuse are never reported.
It appears that if I wish to learn more, I may need to read some of the Kinsey report published in 1953  . . .
Thanks in part for bringing up the topic in a way that caused me to learn more, although your video is misleading and the king5.com news article is seriously false.
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