• Younger children (ages 0-6) are the most vulnerable to abuse.
  • Perpetrators often consist of family members, friends, and acquaintances. 95% of all victims know their perpetrators.
  • One in four girls and one in seven boys will be sexually assaulted before they reach the age of 18.
  • Disclosure of child sexual abuse is a process. It is estimated that only one in ten child victims disclose abuse.

In the fight against child abuse, knowledge is our strongest weapon. The more you know about it, the more you can do to help those who have already been victimized and to prevent it from happening again. Learn more about child abuse and our programs and pass that information on to those around you.

During the 2020 fiscal year, 635 referrals were made to the Carrie Lynn Children's Center.

  • 520 were for sexual abuse and 136 for physical abuse.
  • 578 of the children came from Winnebago County, 60 from Boone County and 18 from other counties.
  • 401 of the children were females and 255 were males.  
  • Ages ranged 0-17.

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