The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast MO

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A Sexual Abuse Forensic Exam (SAFE) is recommended for all children who may have experienced skin to skin contact by an alleged perpetrator. SAFE exams must be conducted by a trained medical professional. The exams are comprehensive and are a head to toe exam that is non-invasive. SAFE exams are important for two main reasons: to see if there are any medical concerns or physical evidence, and to reassure the child that their body is normal and healthy.

Children may feel worried, embarrassed or uncomfortable about their exam, which is normal. The medical provider will take as much time as necessary to help children throughout the medical evaluation by explaining each step of the check-up and finding ways to put the child at ease. Much care is given to protect the voice, modesty, and rights of the child.

At this time, The Child Advocacy Center provides assistance for children to receive quality SAFE’s at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

The Facts

43,832Children received Prevention Education in 2021
The largest age group we saw for forensic interviews in 2021 was 7-12 years old.
In 2021, 889 of our cases involved sexual abuse.
In 2021 1,224 Children received forensic interviewed about alleged abuse​
In 2021 2,636 Adults received Prevention Education
90% of child sexual abuse is by someone the child likes, loves, or lives with.
1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18.
Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S. each year.
Children 3 years old and younger have the highest maltreatment rate.
Only 5% to 16% of child sexual abuse victims report and false allegations are rare
Sex offenders are 3.5x more likely to confess if a child has had a forensic interview at a child advocacy center