Why aren't we as a society doing everything we possibly can?
Why aren't parents demanding that the staff of schools, churches and youth-serving organizations be trained?
Why aren't parents seeking the training for themselves?
Silence is compliance. When we are not educating ourselves and those who are trusted with our kids we are allowing this to happen. The only way we are going to stop this epidemic is to educate to eliminate!
- There are more than 42 million survivors of sexual abuse in America. (National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse)
- 1 in 3 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. (The Advocacy Center)
- 1 in 5 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. (The Advocacy Center)
- “More than 90% of individuals with a developmental delay or disability will be sexually assaulted at least once in their lifetime.” (Valenti-Heim, D.m Schwartz L.)
- 1 in 5 children are solicited sexually while on the Internet before the age of 18. (National Children’s Alliance: Nationwide Child Abuse Statistics)
- 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way. (U.S. Department of Justice)
- 30% of sexual abuse is never reported. (Child Sex Abuse Prevention and Protection Center)
- Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults occur to children age 17 and under. (Children’s Advocacy Center)
- Approximately 20% of the victims of sexual abuse are under age eight. (Broward County)
- “A typical pedophile will commit 117 sexual crimes in a lifetime.” (National Sex Offenders Registry)
95% of sexual abuse is preventable through education. (Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institute)
Consequences - We are killing the future potential of our kids and students, victims of child sexual abuse:
- Perform lower on cognitive ability, academic achievement and memory assessment
- Have 3 – 4 X higher percentage of substance abuse
- Have a significant increase in truancy and drop-out rates
- Have 2.2 X higher percentage of teen pregnancy
- Have 3 to 5 X rate of delinquency and crime
- Have a 2 x higher percentage of PTSD including anxiety, depression, and suicide
- Have a 2 x higher percentage of obesity and eating disorders
- 30% more likely to have diabetes, cancer, heart problems, stroke or hypertension
- Life expectancy is 10 – 20 years less than people who have not been abused
Economic Impact (in addition to emotional cost the victims and their families bear):
As a tax-payer you'll be shocked to find out. The average lifetime cost per victim of child abuse is $210,012* costing the U.S. billions annually. These expenses are largely paid for by the public sector - the taxpayer.
The costs include:
- Healthcare costs
- Criminal justice costs
- Child welfare costs
- Special education costs
- Productivity losses
*Fang, X., Brown, D., Florence, C., Mercy, J. (2012) The economic burden of child maltreatment in the United States and implications for prevent. Child Abuse & Neglect, 36:2,156-165
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