2019 Statistics

  • Since inception in 2004, approximately 4,600 children have been interviewed.

  • There were 613 interviews in 2019; 2.3 Interviews per working day.

  • The 6 Mobile Units, 2 Mobile CACs, 3 Mobile Therapy Units, and 1 Mobile Medical Unit, have traveled over 63,000 miles

  • 83% of the cases were for sexual abuse; 13% for physical abuse; 3% for neglect and 1% were interviewed for emotional abuse.

  • 65% of the children interviewed were female - 35% were male.

                   Ages                                    Race/Ethnicity

           2-6     years  =  26%               72% were Caucasian

           7-12   years  =  44%               22% were Hispanic/Latino

          13-17 years  =  29%                5% were African American

          18 +   years  =    1%                1% were other

  •  77 Sane/Medical exams were performed, 60 of which were on our Mobile Medical Unit

  •  Perpetrator Info: 92% Known by child; 51% Related to the child; 1% unknown.

                  Age                                       Race/Ethnicity              

          4-12   years = 14%                   81% were Caucasian   

         13-17  years = 21%                  18% were Hispanic/Latino

         18-29 years = 20%                    1% were Other

         30-59 years = 43%                    3% were African American

         60+    years  =  2%       

  • The 2 Youth Advocates served 25 rural communities, in 23 school districts, meeting with 69 individual students.

  • WhyTry programs were held at 2 school districts with 24 sessions and 31 students successfully completing the course.

  • Our Therapist’s saw 670 children in 2019 for a total of 2,471 sessions to help heal the trauma of abuse.  

  • 34 counties have signed inter-agency agreements with the WKCAC to provide services in their counties.



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


  • 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.

"Experts estimate that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthday"

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