Take a moment to read about the challenges the children in Michigan face. We have compiled these great resources to help inform, empower and motivate you to act.

Kids Count in Michigan Databook 2018

According to the Child Welfare League of America, in 2010 there were 1,242 cases of reported child sexual abuse in Michigan.

The National Children’s Alliance reports that in 2014, of 315,000 children being served by Children’s Advocacy Centers nationwide, 65% reported being sexually abused. For more statistics specific to Michigan, take a look at this page.

Check out this fact sheet  provided by the Children’s Defense Fund  to read more basic statistics and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk for children living in Michigan.

National Statistics

The  National Center for Victims of Crime the following:

* 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse.

* Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a child sexual assault or sexual abuse incident.

* During a one-year period in the US, 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized.

* Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of US youth ages 14 and 17 had been sexually victimized.

To learn more you can also visit their site.

The lifetime economic burden of child abuse is estimated to be approximately $124 billion for communities across the United States.

The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) data suggest that more than half of adolescents reported for maltreatment are at risk for an emotional or behavioral problem, and a substantial proportion exhibit other risk factors, including poor social skills, grade repetition, substance use disorder, running away, having made a court appearance for an offense (delinquency, running away, truancy, or other offenses), and (among adolescent girls) having been pregnant.

Click here to read more about the long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect from the Child Welfare Information Gateway.