What We Do
Every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.
And every 9 minutes, that victim is a child. Meanwhile, only 25 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison.
The Scope of the Problem
The Scope of the Problem
More than 600,000 children are abused in the U.S each year. The CDC estimates that the actual number of children abused is likely underreported because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.
Nationally, neglect is the most common form of abuse. Three-fourths (76%) of victims are neglected, 16% are physically abused, and 10% are sexually abused, and 0.2% are sex trafficked. Yet CACs serve far more sexual abuse cases, indicating a deeper problem.
CACs investigated 247,543 cases involving sexual abuse allegations in 2022. While not all these cases resulted in a disclosure, charges, or a conviction, it’s an indication that the problem of sexual abuse may be much larger than federal statistics show. In the graph to the right, the data is broken down by types of abuse in Gordon County.
In 2022, Children’s Advocacy Centers around the country served some 380,4942 child victims of abuse, providing victim advocacy and support to these children and their families.
In 2022, Gordon County served 178 cases that were allegations of sexual abuse. Nationally, 2/3rd of all abuse related cases include sexual abuse allegations.
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), in the United States, one in five women have experienced completed or attempted rape during their lifetime. Additionally, 24.8% of men in the United States have experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime.
Nationwide, 81% of women and 43% of men reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime.
It is estimated that 734,630 people were raped (including threatened, attempted, or completed rape) in the U.S. in 2018.
Sexual assault affects everybody. Statistics show only 2-8% of all reports are false.
Healing Starts Here
We are here to help. The Gordon County CAC/SAC is a dual Child Advocacy Center and Sexual Assault Center. We are one the few centers in the state of Georgia that provide comprehensive services to victims across the lifespan.
In November 2022, we launched a 24/7 hotline. A knowledgeable advocate is always available to help connect victims to services they need. The hotline is also available to investigative professionals needing the help of a CAC/SAC to ensure proper evidence collection and patient care.
The CACs heal more than 200,000 kids each year. Our members offer 226,036 kids science-backed counseling and therapy services to help them recover from trauma and avoid the lifelong impacts of trauma. The Gordon CAC/SAC provided nearly 300 counseling services in 2022.
We are here 24/7.
Education & Outreach
CACs educate more than 1.5 million people each year, helping to prevent abuse. The Gordon CAC/SAC collaborates with many community partners to bring awareness and education to the public as well as to professionals who work these special cases. In 2022, we provided education to almost 700 people in Gordon County.
CACs coordinate a multidisciplinary response to child maltreatment, which can help reduce the number of interviews children experience, streamline the investigation, and coordinate the delivery of services and supports.
The forensic medical exam is a non-invasive, but comprehensive medical exam, conducted by the CAC/SAC medical service provider, who has specialized training in the medical evaluation of child sexual and physical abuse as well as adult sexual abuse.
Our advocates are dedicated, compassionate individuals who are ready to support victims in crisis and long after. They are often the first voice to greet victims and their caregivers, the first face they meet at the CAC, and the consistent support throughout the process.
The rates of sexual violence in our country and here in our own county are troubling. Our services highlight a problem and we need your help to create solutions.
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