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  • There are approximately 637,000 registered sex offenders in the United States
    (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 2008).

  • There are approximately 250,000 convicted sex offenders under criminal justice supervision in the community
    (Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2006).

  • Most sex offenders (80-95%) assault people they know.
    (Greenfield, 1997; Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1997 and 2000).

  • At least half of convicted child molesters report that they also have sexually assaulted an adult
    (Alhmeyer, Heil, McKee, and English, 2004).

  • Over 80% of convicted adult rapists report that they have molested children
    (Alhmeyer et al, 2004).

  • Approximately one-third of sex offenders report assaulting both males and females. Research shows that most convicted sex offenders have committed many, assaults before they are caught
    (English, Jones, Pasini-Hill, Patrick, and Cooley-Towell, 2000).

  • Most sex offenders report that they have committed multiple types of sexual assault (sexual assault crimes include exhibitionism, voyeurism, oral sex, vaginal penetration, attempted penetration, fondling, and incest)
    (English et al, 2000).

  • Over two-thirds of offenders who reported committing incest also report they assaulted victims outside the family
    (English et al, 2000).

  • Studies of victims have shown less than 30% of sex crimes are reported to law enforcement
    (National Victim Center and the Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, 1992; Tjaden and Thoennes, 2006).

  • Young victims who know or are related to the perpetrator are less likely to report the crime to authorities
    (Hansen, Resnick, Saunders, Kilpatrick, and Best, 1999).