Over 25 thousand cases of child abuse were reported to the Office of the Children's Registry, OCR during the period 2007 to 2011. The statistics include children who were alleged victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, trafficking or child labour.
Relatives are the usual suspects in the sexual abuse cases of children.
Statistics from the Office of the Children's Registry (OCR) show that since 2007, 715 mothers and stepmothers, along with 950 fathers and stepfathers, have committed sexual offences against children.
The statistics also show that a significant number of siblings, foster parents and wards of the state were also offenders.
Sexual abuse was also committed by 517 other relatives of the children.
The offenders against girls included mothers and stepmothers with 656 cases while 54 fathers or stepfathers were accused of sexually assaulting boys.
Nearly 900 fathers or stepfathers were accused of sexually assaulting girls under their care while 53 mothers and stepmothers faced similar accusations of abusing boys under their care.
More than 7,000 children have been sexually molested since 2007.
In the five-year period, reports of sexual abuse were filed on behalf of 6,757 girls and 422 boys.