In 2014, the Clinton County District Attorney’s Child Advocacy Center handled 257 cases of child abuse.
The total in Clinton County was 230, with the remainder in Essex County, said Executive Director Richelle Gregory.
According to the Advocacy Center’s website, 166 cases were sexual abuse allegations, 32 were physical abuse allegations, and 27 were a combination of the two.
Gregory said numbers are going to be pretty high this year because programs have continued to educate the local population.
“When I first started, it was 90 cases of child abuse in Clinton County,” she said.
“We’ve more than tripled that number just through education and having people better report, identify, and (having) a better net for pulling (offenders) in and making sure they go through and get processed.”
There’s not a high figure when it comes to how many children report being sexually abused, according to Cory Jewell Jensen, a sex offender evaluator and treatment provider at the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Ore.
“Only 5 to 13 percent of kids will tell when it’s happened.”