Summit Friday addresses ‘community crisis’ of child sex abuse

Kent County
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kent County leaders will gather Friday to create an action plan to stop child sexual abuse.

This is the second year the Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County is hosting the Summit to Stop Sexual Abuse.

The advocacy center says child sex abuse is a “community crisis,” with one out of every 10 children in Kent County sexually abused before their 18th birthday and only one-third of victims reporting the crime. The Child Advocacy Center of Kent County says it handles an average of three to four new cases of sexual abuse each day.

Government, education, faith and business leaders are among those invited to take part in Friday’s summit, which will outline the extent of child sexual abuse. The leaders will then work together to distinguish steps to end the problem.

Organizers plan to hold a news conference afterward to discuss the pervasiveness of child sex abuse in Kent County and the solutions that came out of the summit. The news conference will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Calvin College’s Prince Conference Center, located at 1800 E Beltline Ave SE in Grand Rapids.

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