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Study: 1 in 10 youths engage in sexual violence

Rochester, N.Y. - A new national study found that nearly one in ten U.S. teens reported committing sexual violence against another person.

The study was performed by the Center for Innovative Public Health Research, a Nonprofit based in San Clemente, California.

I do think its very disturbing, but I do think as a parent you have to communicate with your children about their bodies and not letting others touch them, said Melanie Maxim of Henrietta.

The study also shows that most perpetrators at the age of 15 are males, but the numbers draw even by 18.

Maxim has two older children, but also a 5-year-old grandson.

Hes had instances where other kids have touched him and weve had to tell him its not right for other people to touch parts of your body that are covered up, added Maxim.

Bivona Child Advocacy Center deals with numerous cases of minor-on-minor sexual crimes, one in every three are considered kid-on-kid where both parties are under 18.

Every time a study comes out like this its one more excuse to talk to our kids, said Mary Whittier, Executive Director of Bivona Child Advocacy Center.

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