Facts About the Problem of Child Sexual Abuse in Colorado Today
The number of children in Colorado experiencing sexual abuse has steadily risen over the last five years.
Seven percent of the 286,534 allegations of child maltreatment in Colorado over the last five years involve concerns of sexual abuse; 28% of concerns involve male children and 72% of concerns involve female children.4
During this time, 27% of concerns of child sexual abuse were confirmed with the support of professionals in the child welfare and child advocacy centers and law enforcement.4
Communities keep children safe.
If enough people get trained to prevent child sexual abuse, together, we can reach a tipping point in Colorado where children grow up happy, healthy and safe in communities that prevent children from experiencing sexual abuse.
Be a part of reaching a tipping point to create new standards of child safety in your community.
Help Colorado reach the tipping point.
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