Module 8: Statistics


Here you find some statistics that represent the world of online grooming. 

Reports and online material

  • 288% increase between 2010-2019 on reports to police of child abuse material
  • 1 in 5 youth aged 10-17 have  received sexual solicitation/ were approached online
  • 90% of young people aged 8-16 have seen online pornography
  • Since starting in 1997, Cybertipline has had  over 65 million reports of child sexual abuse online. This is just what is on the open web, not what is circulating widely on the Dark web
  • Just under 22,000 reports have been sent to law enforcement
  • Over 565 arrests have been executed by law enforcement that had connection with
  • In 2019, Cybertipline received 16.1 million reports
  • in 2019, 69.9 million files included child exploitative materials
  • Just under 37,000 reports came from Canada alone


  • 50% of those who are targets of online sexual exploitation are between 12-15
  • 71% of females and 68% of males reported feeling depressed after being sexually exploited online
  • 81% of males and 83% of females reported have conflict with a parent
  • 35% of females and 39% of males experienced social withdrawal
  • Disciplinary problems at home showed up in 45% of females and 58% of males. At school, it showed up in 30% of females and 45% in males.
  • Sexual victimization occurred for 56% of females and 55% of males.


A study on 39 different publications worldwide on sexting found:

  • At least 1 in 4 teens are receiving sexually explicit material (emails, images, etc)
  • 1 in 7 are sending sext messages
  • 1 in 8 (about 12%) teens are forwarding a sext without consent
  • 1 in 12 teens have their sexts forwarded to others without their consent