Indications of Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse & Neglect:
- Bruises in different stages of healing or on parts of the body where bruises are not common?
- Lacerations, burns, fractures, or dislocation?
- Bite marks, objects or pattern shaped injuries and/or abrasions?
- Other indicators may be the child's fear of adult contact; poor social skills, aggressive or acting out behavior, withdraw, fear of returning home.
- Not sleeping at night.
- Drop in grades and school performance.
- Excessive masturbation.
- The child may offer some unbelievable explanation for injuries.
What to ask suspected victims of child abuse or neglect:
If you suspect abuse/neglect, or a child discloses to you: ask only these 4 questions.
- What happened?
- Who did this?
- When did this happen?
- Where did this happen?
Then contact law enforcement and make a report!
Last year, CAC's & FAC's in Arizona
provided victim services to more than 18,821 children.
Child Sexual Abuse
- One in three girls and one in five boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old.
- 94% of people who sexually abuse a child are family members.
- 12.3% of women were age 10 or younger at the time of their first rape/victimization, and 30% of women were between the ages of 11 and 17.
- 27.8% of men were age 10 or younger at the time of their first rape/victimization.
- More than one-third of women who report being raped before age 18 also experience rape as an adult.
- 96% of people who sexually abuse children are male, and 76.8% of people who sexually abuse children are adults.
- 325,000 children are at risk of becoming victims of commercial child sexual exploitation each year.
- The average age at which girls first become victims of prostitution is 12 to 14 years old, and the average age for boys is 11 to 13 years old.
Child & Family Advocacy Centers prevent
abuse and keep children safe.
Last year, CACs provided child sexual abuse prevention education to 1.6 million individuals, many in school settings.
Child & Family Advocacy Centers save money.
Their service delivery model saves court, child protection, and investigative dollars averaging $1,000 per child abuse case compared to non-CAC/FAC communities.
Child & Family Advocacy Centers are efficient.
Providing significantly higher rates of coordinated investigations; 81 % of investigations in CACs/FAC's were coordinated between law enforcement and child protective services, compared with 52% in comparison communities.
Child & Family Advocacy Centers hold offenders accountable.
Increased usage of CACs/FAC's and multidisciplinary teams has resulted in increased successful prosecutions of child abuse perpetrators. One study shows an average 94% conviction rate for CAC/FAC cases carried forward.
Child & Family Advocacy Centers help child victims heal.
Child victims of sexual abuse who receive services at CACs/FAC's are four times more likely to receive forensic medical exams and increased referrals for mental health treatment than children served by non-CAC/FAC communities.
Child Advocacy Centers are effective.
Research demonstrates caregivers in CAC/FAC cases are more satisfied with the investigation than those from non-CAC/FAC comparison sites. 97% of parents would tell others to seek help at the CAC/FAC.