Germany’s weekly news magazine Der Spiegel has come out with a disturbing report on the growing number of sexual abuse cases towards minors, finding 13.9 percent, or one out of every seven, children in Germany being victimized.
1 out of 7 children
The data comes from a study conducted by Ulm city’s University Clinic, in an effort to document how early sexual abuse can affect victims later in their lives. As expected, the findings showed an increased risk of sever health effects, both physically and mentally.
In their adult lives, early victims were twice as likely to develop severe obesity and high blood pressure, plus three times more likely to face the risk of diabetes. Chances of suffering a heart attack increase four times and victims are six times more likely to be diagnosed with cancer.
A previous sex abuse study was done in 2010, with 12.6 percent reporting childhood sexual abuse, showing the trend is unfortunately on the rise. While both studies looked at victims many years after the original abuse, it is hard to put a number on the current children being effected, it does show that more needs to be done to prevent such crimes in the first place.