Study Sheds New Light on Sexual Assault Risks

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A new study conducted by the University of Iowa finds that girls from affluent families are much less likely to be subjected to sexual assault.

A new study conducted by the University of Iowa finds that girls from affluent families are much less likely to be subjected to sexual assault. In fact, the research found very significant declines in assault rates with an increase in income levels.

The study focused on 1,000 girls below the age of 17, and examined the incidence of sexual assault among these girls. These girls came from a cross section of income levels. The study found that girls, who came from affluent families, were less likely to be sexually assaulted. When income levels touched approximately $92,000 for a four person family, the risk of being sexually assaulted dropped by more than 50%.

The research was published recently in the International Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect. The researchers found that the risk of assault for girls between the ages of 4 and 17 dropped from 5.3 to 5.6%, once the household income reached 400% of the poverty threshold. That translates into an income of approximately $ 92,000 per annum.

The research also confirmed earlier findings that girls who had educated mothers with at least a high school level of education, had a lower risk of being subjected to sexual assault. A solid family background, with the presence of both parents in the girl’s lives during early childhood also translated into a lower risk of sexual assault. Girls, whose biological parents were present in their lives from the time they were born to the age of one, had a lower risk of sexual assault.

Sexual assault is a nationwide problem, and according to the study, as many as one in 10 girls suffers sexual assault. Sexual assault is different from sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is much more common, and it is believed that as many as one in five girls are subject to abuse. Abuse refers to inappropriate behavior that can include everything from pressure for sex to voyeurism.

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