CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY of South Dakota
 

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lives of children, women and families.



Children's Home Child Advocacy Center

CHILDREN'S HOME CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER

Who We Are - Why We Are Needed?

 

How prevalent is sexual abuse and why is a coordinated
response needed?
 

  • 1:4 girls and 1:6 boys are sexually abused prior to the age of 18.
  • Approximately 35 percent of children sexually abused will ever disclose the abuse.
  • 90 percent of children who are sexually abused are abused by a family member or someone known and trusted by the family.
  • Despite making a clear and convincing disclosure, many children will recant their disclosure due to factors such as reactions from parents (crying, fighting, etc.), disbelief by parents, pressure from their family, and/or fear of what will happen to the offender.
  • The majority of child sexual abuse cases will not have any evidence,  witnesses, or other elements needed to corroborate the child's statement.
  • Nationwide approximately only  8 percent of child sexual cases have medical findings indicative of abuse despite confirmation of penetration.
  • Although there are documented cases of false allegations of sexual abuse, they represent a very small minority of cases that come to the attention of law enforcement.

 

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Children's Home Society
PO Box 1749
801 N Sycamore Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1749
605.334.6004