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.