An investigation by AP has revealed that sexual assault cases on are the rise.
The study revealed that many forms of sexual assault go unreported and not all states track such assaults using the same criteria.
Children remain most vulnerable to sexual assaults in the privacy of a home where most assaults are children against children.
According to a summary of the AP report in Newser, key findings include.
- Unwanted fondling was the most common form of assault, but about one in five of the students assaulted were raped, sodomized, or penetrated with an object.
- About 5% of the sexual violence involved 5- and 6-year-olds. But the numbers increased significantly between ages 10 and 11—about the time many students start their middle-school years—and continued rising up until age 14.
The data showed that student sexual assaults by peers were far more common than those by teachers. For every adult-on-child sexual attack reported on school property, there were seven assaults by students.