Are perpetrators of child abuse most likely to be strangers or known individuals to their child victims?
The concept of strangers being the most likely perpetrators of child abuse is not correct. Strangers inflicting child abuse account for approximately four percent of child abuse cases. Perpetrators of abuse are most likely known to the child victims prior to child abuse acts. Perpetrators most often are family members, mainly parents or significant others to parents, followed by child care givers and family acquaintances.