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The Decline in Child Sexual Abuse Cases (NCJ 184741) January 2001
OJJDP Crimes Against Children Series
12 page(s)
Jones, L., Finkelhor, D.
Analyzes statistics concerning reports and substantiated cases of child sexual abuse. Using data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System and other sources, this OJJDP Bulletin describes declines in both reported and substantiated child sexual abuse from the early 1990's and identifies possible factors influencing those declines. Several explanations for the decline are considered and the policy implications suggested by the decrease in child sexual abuse are also explored.