2020 Statistics

Experts estimate that 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.

Kids with Capes
  • Since inception in 2004, approximately 5,200 children have been interviewed.

  • There were 505 interviews in 2020; 2 Interviews per working day.

  • The 6 Mobile Units, 2 Mobile CACs, 3 Mobile Therapy Units, and 1 Mobile Medical Unit, have traveled over 33,000 miles

  • 79% of the cases were for sexual abuse; 18% for physical abuse; 3% for neglect or emotional abuse.

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

                 

               Ages                                    Race/Ethnicity

           2-6     years  =  25%               68% were Caucasian

           7-12   years  =  43%               28% were Hispanic/Latino

          13-17 years  =  29%                3% were African American

          18 +   years  =    3%                1% were other

  •  90 Sane/Medical exams were performed, 51 of which were on our Mobile Medical Unit

  •  Perpetrator Info: 97% Known by child; 63% Related to the child; 3% unknown.

                  Age                                       Race/Ethnicity              

          4-12   years = 11%                   74% were Caucasian   

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

         18-29 years = 24%                    4% were Other

         30-59 years = 34%                    1% were African American

         60+    years  =  3%

  Unknown    = 11%

       

  • The 2 Youth Advocates privided 851 youth mentorship sessions to 103 victims.

  • The Child and Family Advocates provided advocacy 5,147 times.

  • We added Art Facilitation that allowed 56 victims to express themselves through art when they may not  be able to voice it, for a total of 207 sessions.

  • Our Therapist’s saw 481 children in 2020 for a total of 2,952 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.

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.

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.

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