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  • The WKCAC has interviewed approximately 4,000 children since its inception in 2004

  • 519 interviews in 2018; approximately 2 Interviews per working day of the year

  • The five Mobile Units, two Mobile CACs & 3 Mobile Therapy Units, have traveled over 80,000 miles;

  • 83% of the cases were for sexual abuse; 10% for physical abuse; 3% for neglect, 3% for multiple abuses                                                                 and 1% were interviewed for other types of abuse.

  • 62% of the children interviewed were female - 38% were male.

  • The highest age category of children interviewed was 7-12 years old (41%).

 

                     Ages                                    Race/Ethnicity

           2-6     years  =  20%                 77% were Caucasian

          7-12   years  =  41%                  19% were Hispanic/Latino

          13-17 years  =  35%                   3% were African American

          18 +   years  =    4%                 26 were referred for Sane/Medical Exams

 

  • Perpetrator Info: 98% Known by the child; 54% Related to the child

                    Age                                                Race/Ethnicity              

          4-12   years  =  16%                           81% were Caucasian   

         13-17  years  =  20%                           18% were Hispanic/Latino

         18-29  years  =  21%                             1% were Other

         30-59  years  =  42%                 

         60+     years  =    1%                 

 

  • More than 33 counties in Kansas, the US Army, cities in Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, along with the KBI  & FBI have utilized the WKCAC for forensic interviews.  33 counties have signed interagency agreements with the WKCAC to provide services in their counties

 

 

 

The Statistics are SHOCKING

  • Experts estimate that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthdays. This means that in any classroom or neighborhood full of children, there are children who are silently bearing the burden of sexual abuse.

  • 1 in 5 children are sexually solicited while on the Internet.

  • Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults (including assaults on adults) occur to children ages 17 and under.

 

 

Sexual abuse can occur at all ages, probably younger than you think

  • The median age for reported sexual abuse is 9 years old.

  • Approximately 20% of the victims of sexual abuse are under age eight.

  • 50% of all victims of forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling are under age twelve.

 

 

Understand Why Children Are Afraid to Tell

  • MOST CHILD VICTIMS NEVER REPORT THE ABUSE.

  • Sexually abused children who keep it a secret or who "tell" and are not believed are at greater risk than the general population for psychological, emotional, social, and physical problems, often lasting into adulthood. It is also likely that you know an abuser. The greatest risk to children doesn't come from strangers but from friends and family.

  • The abuser shames the child, points out that the child let it happen, or tells the child that his or her parents will be angry.

  • The abuser is often manipulative and may try to confuse the child about what is right and wrong.

  • The abuser sometimes threatens the child or a family member.

  • Some children who do not initially disclose abuse are ashamed to tell when it happens again.

  • Children are afraid of disappointing their parents and disrupting the family.

  • Some children are too young to understand.

  • Many abusers tell children the abuse is "okay" or a "game."

 

Even within the walls of their own homes, children are at risk

  • 30-40% of children are abused by family members.

  • As many as 90% are abused by people the family trusts- abusers frequently try to form a trusting relationship with parents.

  • Nearly 40% are abused by older or larger children.

  • People who abuse children look and act just like everyone else. In fact, they often go out of their way to appear trustworthy to gain access to children.

  • Those who sexually abuse children are drawn to settings where they can gain easy access to children, such as sports leagues, faith centers, clubs, and schools.

 

CONSEQUENCES to children and to our society begin immediately

  • 70-80% of sexual abuse survivors report excessive drug and alcohol use.

  • Serial child molesters may have as many as 400 victims in their lifetimes.

  • Approximately 70% of sexual offenders of children have between 1 and 9 victims; 20-25% have 10 to 40 victims.

  • Both males and females who have been sexually abused are more likely to engage in prostitution.

  • Approximately 40% of sex offenders report sexual abuse as children.

  • More than 60% of teen first pregnancies are preceded by experiences of molestation, rape or attempted rape. The average age of the offenders is 27 years old.

  • Young girls who are sexually abused are more likely to develop eating disorders as adolescents.

  • One study showed that among male survivors, 50% have suicidal thoughts and more than 20% attempt suicide.

2018 Statistics