How often are children abused by other children?

Approximately one-third of sexually abused children are abused by other children, including siblings. The brain of children is very different than that of adults and the motivation for sexual misconduct is often different. Our website includes links to professional articles and resources that can help you understand the research about juveniles who commit sexual offenses. If you know a child who has sexually abused another child, it is critical to report the conduct to the authorities and to make sure the child receives appropriate treatment. Again, our website has links to organizations and publications that can assist you.