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
Children can and do heal and together we can make a difference in their lives and in their futures. Make our community a safe and healthy place for children to grow up.
We are pledging to protect any child when there is concern for abuse. Will you?