Comparisons of Prevalence Rate Estimates of Types of CSA in College and National Samples
People were categorized into the most severe form of abuse experienced, with exhibitionism considered the least serious and intercourse considered the most Direct comparisons between prevalence rates are problematic because the definition of child sexual abuse (CSA) differed considerably across studies. Dashes indicate that data were not applicable.
a Rind et al. indicated that combined values were based on two additional studies (with a male and female sample in each) that reported only combined results.
b Laumann et al. reported percentages for various forms of abuse but did not categorize people by highest level of CSA reported. Instead, they reported the percentage of people experiencing each category of abuse, and experiences with male and female perpetrators were counted separately. Because of this, one person could have contributed anywhere from once to one category to twice to every category. Because there was no way to determine what percentage of participants experienced any form of abuse, comparable numbers cannot be computed.
c Prevalence rates based on N = 1,821.
d López et al. reported both attempted and actual intercourse, and we combined these numbers.
e Numbers do not equal 100% because López et al. also included a separate category for being propositioned.