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Sexual Abuse

In FY07, 8,274 children in Illinois were victims of alleged sexual abuse reported to DCFS and of those, 80 percent were girls. DCFS conducts investigations on reports of alleged sexual abuse and if credible evidence is revealed the sexual abuse report is indicated. In FY07, 80 percent of indicated reports of child sexual abuse were female (n=1,924), and 20 percent of reports were male (n=490) (Figure 7).

Figure 7
Children indicated for sexual abuse by gender, FY07

Pie Chart: Unknown Gender (0.2%), Boys (20.3%), Girls (79.5%)

Source: Illinois Department of Child and Family Services

From FY02 to FY07, there was a 13 percent decrease in the rate of female children indicated for sexual abuse, from 141 girls to 123 girls per 100,000 in the population (Figure 8).

Figure 8
Rate of children indicated for sexual abuse by gender, FY02-07

Line Chart: Two Lines (Boys / Girls) Rate per 100,000 ages 0 to 17

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Girls ~140 ~140 ~141 ~135 ~122 ~122
Boys ~32 ~31 ~38 ~37 ~31 ~33

Source: Illinois Department of Child and Family Services


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