In 2023, from January 1 to December 31, North Star Child Advocacy Center performed 604 Forensic Interviews, once again leading the state.

Committed to the Safety of Children

One in every 10 children will be a victim of sexual abuse by their 18th birthday. Based on data from the CDC, a conservative estimate for the cost of maltreatment in West Virginia was over $775 Million in 2014.

North Star Child Advocacy Center, Inc. exists to change those numbers and lead the fight against the cycle of child abuse through a stronger, more approachable model. And over the past year, we’ve made significant progress by providing forensic interviews, medical exams, and therapy to nearly 700 children in our community.

2022-2023 Fiscal Year (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023) by the Numbers

Some of the highlights from this North Star report includes:

• 44% of the children served were there because of allegations of sexual abuse.
• 34% of the children served were there because of allegations of drug endangerment, compared to 14% statewide and only 3% nationally.
• 45% of the children served by CACs were between the ages of 7-12 years, 26% were between the ages of 0-6 years.
• 60% of the children seen were female. 40% were male. (Less than 1% were categorized as other)
• 90% of the alleged offenders were 18 years or older.
• 98% of alleged offenders were someone the child knew. 51% were parents, 12% were stepparents, 19% were other relative and 8% were a parents boyfriend/girlfriend.
• 48% of children are reported to have one or more disabilities as opposed to 30% statewide.
• 78% of the children interviewed disclosed abuse, with 22% not disclosing any abuse.
• 6% of the children received a medical exam.
• In 44 of the cases, criminal charges were filed, as opposed to 26 the year prior.
• There were 15 criminal indictments, as opposed to 3 the year prior.
• There were zero (0) offenders acquitted (declared not guilty.)

There are approximately 22,487 children in the five-county area covered by NSCAC.

Click on link below for the full report:

2022-2023 NSCAC Data Report

Together We Can Grow This Movement

Your passion and dedication are paramount to helping us provide a safe environment for child victims of abuse to heal and bring their offenders to justice. Every dollar you donate will be used to support North Star Child Advocacy Center, Inc. and empower significant change to deliver better care for victims and put an end to the cycle of abuse.

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