The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast MO

Strengthening Families

1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18. We never want to think that it can happen to our child, but ignorance only empowers the perpetrators.

The Strengthening Families program is designed to teach parents and caregivers:

• Choices and behaviors to reduce the likelihood of your child becoming a victim
• What child abuse is and its effects
• Age appropriate sexual behaviors of children
• Indicators of child sexual abuse
• Tips on how to prevent child sexual abuse
• Signs of potential perpetrators
• Ways to respond responsibly to a child’s disclosure
• Importance of reporting child abuse

This course is available for groups of 5 or more.

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