Child exploitation is permeating our nation. It is found in every state, every city, every neighborhood. Victims can be any age, any gender, any culture, any social status. Predators do not discriminate.
We often wonder what are the real numbers here in the United States. Prevalence studies are still ongoing to determine the truth. The truth is, we will never really know. The vast majority of cases are unreported or under prosecuted. Boys are victims as well as girls, however those reports don’t get made as often because of stigma and fear. Will we ever really know a true number? We know that there are far more case than are being talked about, far less that are even known about and although media has gotten better, there is still a resistance to airing all of the cases that are actually coming through.
Would the numbers even matter if it were your child?
What we do know :
Predators and pedophiles are targeting children of all ages, including babies and children under 10. Our goal is to reach them first, and teach them next. Age appropriate education is critical to avoid victimization. Today’s society requires that we raise our children to protect themselves and be aware of their surroundings. Prevention through education IS possible.
Fullcircle40’s mission includes, but is not limited to: training, raising awareness and educating community members, both children and adults, of the prevalence and present dangers of child exploitation, sexual abuse and sex trafficking in the United States.
If no one knows, then nothing changes. If no one opens their eyes, they won’t see.
It is our mission to prevent and end child exploitation.
Prevention is possible.
–Sexual abuse happening in the home or by those close to the family. Estimated 90% of children are sexually abused before they turn 18.
–Trafficking, where children are being sold or traded for commerical sex acts. In the U.S., the top 5 states for reported cases are California, Texas, FLORIDA, Ohio and New York. [This does not include cases going unnoticed or unreported]
–Internet crimes of exploitation i.e. sexual photos/videos passed to others or via the dark web. Millions of images traded and/or sold online. Sextortion is becoming a major issue with our pre-teen and teen populations.