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2023 Statistics

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

Kids with Capes

2023 Statistics.


  • Since inception in 2004 approximately 6,780 children have been interviewed.


  • Our Forensic Interviewers provided 503 interviews in 2023, 2 interviews per working day.

  •  86% of the cases were for sexual abuse

  • 13% for physical abuse

  •  1% for neglect or emotional abuse


  •  68% of the victims interviewed were female and 32% were male.

             Ages                                                               Race/Ethnicity

        1-6 years = 23%                                                   70% were Caucasian

        7-12 years = 42%                                                 25% were Hispanic/Latino

        13-17 years = 33%                                              3% were African American

        18+ years = 2%                                                   1% Asian or Pacific Islander

                                                                                    1% American Indian or Alaska Native



  • Perpetrator Information:

           Ages                             Race/Ethnicity                                          Relationship to Victim

      4-12 years = 15%              60% Caucasian                                     Parent  23%

     13-17 years = 14%             30% Hispanic/Latino                             Step-Parent  7%

     18-29 years = 18%             3% African American                             Other Relative     24%

     30-59 years = 43%             7% Unknown                                         Parent BF/GF     5%               60+ years =    5%                                                                             Other Known      38%

     Unknown =   5%                                                                               Unknown             3%


  • Our Child & Family Advocates provided advocacy 6,081times for 936 children.


  • The 2 Youth Advocates provided 161 mentorship sessions to 26 youth in our communities and provided 5 WhyTry/Resilience for Youth classes in 4 school districts for 26 sessions.


  • WKCAC Therapists saw 352 children in 2023 for a total of 4,085 sessions to help heal the trauma of abuse. 


  • Art Facilitation was provided to 57 youth to express themselves and process their trauma through art when they may not be able to voice it, for a total of 314 sessions.


  •  107 SANE/Medical exams were performed.


  • Over 49,000 miles were traveled in 2023 by our 3 Mobile Therapy Units, 2 Mobile CACs, and 1 Mobile Medical Unit.


  • 34 counties have signed interagency agreements with the WKCAC to provide services in their counties.


  • We lead monthly Multi-Disciplinary Teams in 17 counties cooperating with local partners to coordinate the best care and safety for the children and their non-offending caregivers.

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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