What is Child Sexual Abuse?
Child sexual abuse is an illegal and cruel act against boys and girls under the age of 18. It exists in homes, schools, and communities across the globe. It spans economic and social classes, and can touch any family.
A Prevalent Childhood Trauma
One in ten children are currently estimated to experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. In Cass and Clay counties, there are 56,000 children aged 18 and under. These are the children we must protect from this silent and hidden epidemic.
Effects of Abuse
The impact that sexual abuse has on children is profoundly negative. Traumatic experiences can harm physical health, mental health, and behavioral health. Unaddressed child sexual abuse can often lead to drug and alcohol abuse, anxiety, depression, and learning difficulties. By saving just one girl, we prevent an average $282,734 in lifetime medical health expenses and lost wages.
Stand to protect our children, strengthen our communities, and prevent child sexual abuse.