Frequently Asked Questions

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

In 2019 there were 1012 confirmed victims of child abuse in Jackson County; over half involved children ages 5 and under; Because of COVID and the lockdown, in 2020, 719 cases were confirmed, over half of the cases confirmed, over half involved children ages 5 an under. The lower numbers in 2020 are because during the lockdown, children weren't where they could be seen by those in a position to report .

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 2019 was 6.7%, compared to a State percentage of 4.6% in the same range.

What is the County of Jackson's rate in infant mortality?

The infant mortality rate in 2019 was 5.2 per 1000, compared to a State rate of 6.6 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 2019 in Michigan, 13.6% of children live in poverty; Jackson County, it is 11.1%.