childhood sexual abuse

Number of German Children Suffering Sexual Abuse Will Shock You

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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.

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Sources: Der Spiegel via DW

Photo: Tjook [Flickr]

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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