“The biggest danger is family members and trusted friends.” (Lee Shipway, Peaceful Solutions Counseling executive director.)
Less than 2%.
That’s how many were total strangers to the child-victim at the center of a sample of 658 local police investigations since 2015, where 7 Investigates was able to establish the relationship of the suspect to the victim.That’s just 12 suspects.
But 60% of the time, the suspect a friend or acquaintance to the child. And 38% of the time, the suspect was a family member. And at least 84 times–leaving out a minority of cases where local law enforcement only identified the suspect as either family or acquaintance–that suspect was a parent or step-parent.