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Child sexual abuse brings huge economic impact

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By Kimberly Page - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Sexual abuse of children affects everyone in a community, even if you haven't been a victim to the abuse.

That was the message an Albany non-profit group tried to spread to people who work with children.

The Lily Pad hosted a informational session to tell people about the economic burden sexual abuse puts on all taxpayers.  In Dougherty County, about $10.4 million is spent each year to help child sexual assault victims.

"We have recognized that it's a lot less expensive to prevent sexual assault before it happens than to deal with the aftermath of sexual assault," said Karen Kemp, Lily Pad director.

Statistics show the intervention and treatment of a single incident of child sexual assault adds up to more than $14,000, money that is largely dependent on taxpayers.

Except for murder, child sexual assault is the most expensive victim crime in the U.S.

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