Ware County
2010 Population 27,755

Ware County Tipping Point/Cultural Shift 1,388

  • Theory: when 5% of a population changes their behavior, a cultural shift is created and a momentum builds, with continued work, societal values will change
  • Training 5% of a population is referred to as reaching a “tipping point”
  • To make a significant difference in our community, we have a goal to initially train 5% of the adult population in Ware County. Ware County’s tipping point goal is to train 1388 adults in 5 years (278 people per year).

How child sexual abuse affects our community

  • The emotional impact of child sexual abuse on victims
  • The economic impact of child sexual abuse on our community
  • The resolve to end child sexual abuse in our community
  • As important as the human side of child sexual abuse is, CSA has a direct impact on society as a whole. Each and every one of us feels the economic impact of child sexual abuse
  • In Ware County, the direct and immediate costs of CSA are $300,000 dollars annually
  • CSA is the root cause of many other devastating and expensive societal problems
  • 60% of first teen pregnancies are preceded by an incident of CSA
  • Young girls who are sexually abused are three times more likely to develop psychiatric disorders and/or substance abuse problems in adulthood than girls who are not sexually abused
  • Male survivors of child sexual abuse are 70% more likely to seek psychological treatment for issues such as substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide
  • Except for murder, CSA is the most expensive victim crime in the U.S.

Unity for Service

Our Motto - Unity for Service
The motto was adopted in 1917.
Its originator, Charles Berkey,
said the motto was inspired
by the 133rd Psalm, which says
“Behold how good and pleasant
it is for brethren to dwell
together in unity.”

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