Every year in Ohio, over 30,000 children are involved in a substantiated case of child abuse or neglect; of these, just 5,000 are related to sexual abuse specifically (source: Ohio Family Violence Prevention Project). 5,000 children suffering sexual abuse is too many, but the reality is that there are far more who are suffering this devastating crime. Only 38% of child victims of sexual abuse tell someone about the abuse. It is a crime that exists in silence, but it is a crime that we can – and must – stop together.
The Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence is dedicated to advocating for policies and supportive services that keep children safe, help those who have been victimized to heal, and hold offenders accountable. We approach our work on this issue from the basis of these facts:
Children are sexually abused in every community in Ohio, and survivors of all ages deserve our advocacy and support. In 2015, OAESV filmed two adult survivors of child sexual abuse, who remind us that while sexual abuse impacts the lives of survivors and families, it can also be overcome if support is available:
Below you will find links to useful information and resources to better understand child sexual abuse and how to stop it. To suggest additional resources, or for more information, please contact Becky Perkins at email@example.com.
Additional information and resources are available from these organizations: