Child Abuse in Utah
Facts about child abuse in Utah as reported by the Deseret News:
1. At Children's Justice Centers throughout Utah, detectives interview children who are victims of all crimes. Between 85 and 90 percent of the crimes involve sexual abuse.
2. One in four girls, and one in eight boys is sexually abused before the age of 18.
3. The average age of a victim is 10 years old.
4. Only 2 percent of perpetrators are a stranger to the victim. The rest are friends, relatives, baby sitters, acquaintances or members of their own family.
The Sanpete County Children's Justice Center has helped over 250 children that have been victims of abuse or neglect since the center opened in 2012.
The Sanpete County CJC provides comfort items, such as blankets and stuffed animals, to victims of abuse when they arrive at the center. These items are donated by members of the community and are greatly appreciated by those who receive them.
The Friends of the CJC are working to raise awareness about abuse in Sanpete County.