Local Organizations Honored for Work Fighting Childhood Sexual Abuse

Posted at: 10/30/2012 6:40 PM
Updated at: 10/30/2012 7:37 PM
By: Brittany Lewis

(ABC 6 News) -- According to Demand the Change for Children, approximately 20% of females and 10% of males are victims of childhood sexual abuse. And it's something that's happening in our area.

A few colorful scribbles, a photo of a family; simple drawings done by children turned into a quilt for victims of child sex abuse.

They're called "Giveback quilts" and are part of Demand the Change for Children, a prevention initiative working to end child sex abuse.

The quilts were given to two local organizations working to end child sex abuse in our area-- Mayo Clinic Child Advocacy Program and Victim Services.

"It's a big problem in our area. It's no better, it's no worse. Um, child sexual abuse definitely happens in our area and it happens with a frequency that people might not care to admit," said Jeanne Ronayne, Program Manager for Victims Services.

Dr. Broughton, Director of the Mayo Clinic Child Advocacy Program says that abuse has a huge impact on mental and physical health.

"If there were a virus or illness that came along and hit that volume of people and had lifelong impact both mental and physical health. This country would be up in arms," he said.

Their goal is to continue to spread awareness until there are no longer any victims.

The Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault presented the quilts. They plan to hold another event in March.