Sexual violation of children is epidemic. And it’s probably increasing.
In her sentencing remarks to Larry Nassar, Judge Aquilina quoted statistics about child sexual assault from US Dept of Justice.
Before their 18th birthday–
- 1 in 10 kids in the USA will be sexually assaulted
- 1 in 7 girls will be sexually assaulted
- 1 in 25 boys will be sexually assaulted
There is no reason to think that the rate of child sexual assault is any lower in other countries.
Sexual assault of children was probably pretty frequent in the Greco-Roman culture when the New Testament was written. Unwanted infants (especially girls) were left on rubbish dumps. Slave traders would go to the rubbish dumps, pick up the abandoned infants and raise them to whatever age they were marketable as child-slaves. Under Greco-Roman law, there was no legal penalty that could be imposed on a slave owner who killed his slave. So we can imagine how it was easy for slave owners to sexually abuse their slaves.
Some police think that the availability of porn on the internet has led to a lot more sexual assault of children.
And Pastor Jimmy Hinton believes that 40% of people in the pews nowadays have suffered sexual abuse – he cites many research studies and observations from church leaders to back up his opinion.
If you want to do something about the pornification of children’s bodies. I encourage you to join the following organizations:
Tear Down This Wall of Silence [*Affiliate link] by Dale Ingraham, with Rebecca Davis