Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Announces Availability Of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Grant
Attorney General Greg Stumbo announces availability of the annual Child Victims’ Trust Fund (CVTF) Grant, which provides funding locally and statewide for child sexual abuse prevention programs to educate children about this horrendous crime.
“Education is a powerful tool,” Stumbo said. “This grant ensures that citizens throughout the Commonwealth learn how to protect our children.”
Statistics regarding child victims of rape or sexual assault range from 1.2 to 1.9 children per 1000 in the United States, and these are only reported cases (Douglas, Finkelhor, 2005). It has been estimated that only one in 10 victims ever discloses the abuse (Janssen, 1984).
Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services found 3,310 cases of reported child sexual abuse during 2006; of this number 944 were substantiated. Studies also reveal that child victims of abuse are at greater risk of being adult victims and/or perpetrators.
“Kentucky’s criminal justice system has been diligent in investigating and prosecuting these cases. We are proud to be on the forefront in this issue, but the statistics are daunting,” said Stumbo. “Adults need to know how to protect our children, and children need to be armed with knowledge.”
The U.S. Bureau of Justice reported that approximately 4,300 child molesters were released from prisons in 15 states in 1994. An estimated 3.3% of these were rearrested for another sex crime against a child within 3 years of release.
“The good news is that Kentucky has regional child advocacy centers designed to provide comprehensive services and facilitate coordinated investigations of child sexual abuse allegations, making the process less traumatic for child victims and easier to successfully prosecute cases,” Stumbo said. “We also have local multidisciplinary teams for the coordinated handling of investigation and prosecution of child sexual abuse cases in each county.”
Attorney General Stumbo is chair of the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board (CSAEP), which administers the CVTF. Revenue for the CVTF comes from proceeds of the “I Care About Kids” special license plate, the Kentucky Income Tax Refund Check-off, and private donations. For more information or to access the grant application, go to www.ag.ky.gov/victims/cvtf, or call (800) 372-2551, or (502) 696-5312.