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  •  The statistics are 1:4 girls and 1:6 boys are (1+ / 0-)
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    sexually assaulted before the age of 18.

    Depending on what state you are in (and the age difference between the two involved) all of those would be considered child sexual abuse.

     

    Thirty-one states define  the legal age of consent as 16, but seven set it at age 17, and 12 at age 18
    Say for example someone is 17 in a state where the age of consent is 17.  If they are raped by someone under the age of 22, it would probably be classified as rape and/or sexual assault.  However, if someone 23 years old or older rapes them, it could be termed child sexual abuse (exceeds the typical 5 year difference threshold) depending on the circumstances.  
    Statutory definitions of child sexual abuse vary by state. Each state includes sexual abuse in its definition of child abuse, however, some state statutes refer specifically to various acts of sexual abuse, while others address sexual abuse only generally.
    Many states have decriminalized sexual activity between teenagers if their ages differ by less than the state-defined age span, even if one or both partners are younger than the age of consent. This addition to statutory rape law acknowledges that consensual sexual activity between minors is less likely to be predatory or coercive than that involving a minor and a substantially older adult

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    by Roxine on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 02:55:02 PM PDT

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    •  Slight quibble my friend (1+ / 0-)
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      The statistics are 1:4 girls and 1:6 boys are (0+ / 0-)

      sexually assaulted before the age of 18.

      1:4 girls, 1:6 boys are sexually abused. As I say below, sexual assault is the term used for rape or attempted rape. This is where the confusion may come in.

      Please see my reply below for more explanation of the terms.

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      by SwedishJewfish on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 03:16:06 PM PDT

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      •  Typo - I mean sexual abuse - additional support- (1+ / 0-)
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        Generally, the individual must be at least 16 years of age and at least 5 years older than the juvenile of interest to meet criteria for pedophilia.

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        by Roxine on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 04:54:43 PM PDT

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