New building to help reduce shocking stats about child sex abuse

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The statistics are startling: 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by the time they reach the age of 18; for girls, it's even more shocking: 1 in 4. That's something the new Family and Children's Place aims to change.

By co-locating offices of LMPD's Crimes Against Children unit, police, Family and Children's Place staff, social workers, doctors, and prosecutors dealing with child sex crimes, organizers hope to prevent abused kids from having to share their heartbreaking stories multiple times with multiple people.

"It keeps the kids from having to run around from place to place and can get all their services in one location and reduce the trauma of the investigation and helps the children get on to healing much more quickly," said Daniel Fox, President of Family and Children's Place.

The new Child Advocacy Center is being built on the corner of 5th and Kentucky, with a target completion date of next spring.

"We need another $1.25 million and we've given our selves another 18 months to make that," Fox said.

They'll be doing that through fundraiser's along with business and community events.  In addition to speeding up the healing process while trying to prevent abuse, Councilman David Tandy says spending money on initiatives like this, actually saves money in the long run.

"Every dollar we spend on prevention efforts saves us $4 on the back end when we have to deal with the effects of child abuse," Tandy said.

And organizers hope that also spares another child from pain.

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