Frequently Asked Questions

What is the incidence of confirmed cases of child abuse in Jackson County?

In 2017 there were over 1,300 confirmed victims of child abuse in Jackson County; about half of the victims were under 4 years of age. Children suffering abuse in Jackson County are almost twice the rate of the State. (35.4 vs 17.9 per 1000)

What is the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse nationwide?
At least 1 in 10 children will be victims of sexual abuse by the time they reach their 18th birthday.  1 in 7 girls and 1 in 25 boys will be sexually assaulted as children, less than 40% will tell anyone.  Nearly 70% of sexual assault victims are under the age of 17 years old. 90% of sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone the victim knows and trusts. 

How does the County of Jackson rate in teen pregnancy?
Most of the teen births in Jackson County take place in the City of Jackson. The birth rate for under 20-year-olds in 2015 was 7.9%, compared to a State percentage of 6.3% in the same range.

What is the County of Jackson's rate in infant mortality?
The infant mortality rate in 2015 was 6.2 per 1000, compared to a State rate of 6.8 per 1000.

How much of a problem is poverty in Jackson County?

Parental anxiety and depression about financial issues can negatively affect their children, and the burden of poverty can increase abusive and neglectful behaviors. In 2015 in Michigan, 22.2% of children live in poverty; Jackson County, it is 25.2%.