One in ten children in Kent County will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. While our team at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County works hard to ensure that we are providing the best services to support the nearly 1,000 children that walk through our doors each year, we also know that there are over 14,000 more children in need of our help. Child sexual abuse is a community problem – impacting children and families across socioeconomic, race, and residential demographics – and ending it is going to require a community response.
We are not deterred by this audacious goal. Over the next five years, we will be executing a multi-pronged approach meant to significantly reduce the incidents of sexual assault on children, improve access to services, and ensure that every child and family in Kent County who requires our services feel safe, secure and that they have found a place of healing and hope.
We cannot do this work alone.
Our plan requires the contributions, advocacy, and collective strength of organizations across sectors – from the government to education, healthcare to faith-based institutions, social service to businesses. It will take a groundswell of vision and innovation to make the significant and critical impact that children – our community’s children – need to feel safe, and supported, and able to grow into a future full of potential.
We invite your company to join us in the ONEinTEN Partners program to ensure that no child in Kent County is left alone in the wake of the devastating and guaranteed trauma that sexual abuse inflicts. For more information, or to become a ONEinTEN community partner, contact CAC Executive Director, Melissa Werkman, at the link below or by calling 616.336.5156.