Child abuse is an epidemic. Research indicates that nearly 700,000 children are abused in the United States annually and over 11,000 children are physically or sexually abused in Charleston and Berkeley counties every year. Yet less than half of children tell someone about the abuse while still in childhood. Our goal is to not only be a resource for those who tell, but also to those who don’t. Through education and outreach, we hope to inspire and empower the adults in our community to recognize the signs and symptoms of child abuse and to learn how to take appropriate action.
1 of every 5 girls and 1 out of 10 boys will experience sexual abuse by age 18
1 out of every 6 children is physically abused by the age of 18
Over 90% of children know their offender
Each day our staff and partners leave their families to respond to another’s family crisis. During this pandemic, or any other crisis, that will not change.
We continue to see high priority cases for forensic interviews and have not yet seen a reduction in the volume of those cases.
Our individual, evidence-based mental health services and our family advocacy services will be offered through Telehealth solutions.