From July 2019 to June 2020, The Children's Listening Place served over 500 children.

This is a thirty-four percent (34%) increase from the previous year and a one hundred thirty-eight percent (138%) increase in new children served from the last five years.

A Look at the Numbers: July 2019 – June 2020


One in ten children will be a victim of sexual abuse by their eighteenth birthday. The Children’s Listening Place exists to change these numbers and lead the fight against the cycle of child abuse through a stronger, more approachable model. In 2020, we’ve made significant progress by providing over 600 forensic interviews to children in our community.  Of the 21 CAC’s in West Virginia, our Center had the highest number of children served, with the next closest serving 437 children.  A statistic we’re extremely proud of.

How Many Served

  • The Children’s Listening Place served 530 children and their families from July 2019 to June 2020.

Who We Served

  • Twenty-seven percent (27%) of children served at the Children’s Listening Place were from ages 0-6.
  • Forty-four percent (44%) of children served were from ages 7-12.
  • Twenty-nine percent (29%) of children served were from ages 13-18+.
  • Fifteen percent (15%) of children served had at least one reported or suspected disability.

What We Provided

  • Nine hundred thirty-six children (936) and non-offending caregivers received advocacy services from the Children’s Listening Place.
  • Five hundred thirty (530) children received Forensic Interviews.
  • One hundred (100) children received Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  • Seventeen (17) children received Pediatric Sexual Assault Exams.

About the Alleged Abuse

  • Thirty-five percent (35%) of disclosures made at the Children’s Listening Place involved physical abuse.
  • Thirty-four percent (34%) of disclosures involved witness to domestic or household violence.
  • Thirty-one percent (31%) of disclosures made involved sexual abuse.
  • Eighteen percent (18%) of disclosures involved drug endangerment.
  • Twelve percent (12%) of disclosures involved child neglect.
  • Ten percent (10%) of disclosures included other types of abuse.
* A child may have experienced more than one type of abuse, so this section is not meant to add up to 100%. For example, 70% of    kids served by WV’s CACs last year were there due to allegations of sexual abuse, but they may also be included in the percentages  of children served due to reports of neglect.


About the Alleged Abusers

  • Ninety-nine percent (99%) of victims knew their abuser.
  • Forty-nine percent (49%) of alleged abusers were the biological parents of the child victims.
  • Sixteen percent (16%) of alleged abusers were related to the children in some way (grandparent, sibling, extended family, etc.).
  • Fifteen percent (15%) of alleged abusers were known to the children in some other way that did not include any type of familial relation such as parent, stepparent, parent’s boyfriend or girlfriend, or relative).
  • Ten percent (10%) of alleged abusers were their parent’s boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • Nine percent (9%) of alleged abusers were stepparents.
  • Less than one percent (>1%) of all alleged abusers were either unknown or unidentified by the child.

What Caregivers Are Saying

  • Ninety-nine percent (99%) of caregivers expressed that the Children’s Listening Place staff was friendly and pleasant.
  • Ninety-nine percent (99%) of caregivers stated that the interview process was clearly explained to them.
  • Ninety-eight percent (98%) of caregivers reported having their questions answered to their satisfaction.
  • Ninety-seven percent (97%) of caregivers agreed that their child felt safe at the Children’s Listening Place.

West Virginia Child Advocacy Centers: 2020


Help Us Help Children Heal

In order to continue helping children in our community begin their path to healing from abuse, we need your help.  Every dollar you donate will go directly back to supporting children here in our local community — helping promote justice for them, connecting them to healing services, and ending the cycle of abuse.

Donate to the Children’s Listening Place by going to the Donation page of our website.