Come to the Stable

The Stephen Spalding Foundation

Background

Come to the Stable/The Stephen Spalding
Foundation (CTS/SSF) is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit charitable corporation registered
with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service
and organized under the laws of the State
of Minnesota. Our services are dedicated to
survivors of childhood sexual molestation
and adult victims of sexual violence.  Our
mission is to help each person who comes
to us to recover from the personal trauma
that they have suffered.

 

Reports of child victims of sexual abuse increased 125% between 1986 and 1993, according to the Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 1999 National Report (JOV).

 

Other JOV statistical information indicates that:

 

  • 32% of these crimes involved sexual assault with a victim
    aged 12 or younger;

  • Only 1 in 18 instances of violent crime where the victim is
    under the age of 12 is ever reported to the police; and

  • Nearly 1,100 deaths related to child abuse occur each year;
    38% of those children die before their first birthday.

 

Child victims frequently require long-term health and mental health care, as well as special education services — an additional estimated cost of the $13 million per day, according to the Child Welfare League of America.  Nationwide, the total annual cost of child maltreatment is estimated conservatively at $94 billion, the League calculates.

 

A conservative estimate is that one out of every six boys is a victim of sexual abuse before the age of 16.  In fact, one of every seven victims of sexual assault is a child under the age of six.  The median age of a victim of childhood sexual molestation is nine years old, according to the Bureau of Justice, 2000.

 

The 2000 the Bureau of Justice statistical analysis of child victimization indicates that:

 

  • Nearly 50 percent of all victims of forcible sodomy and
    sexual assault are children under the age of 12; and

  • Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults (including
    assaults on adults) are children ages 17 and under.

 

National Clearing House on Child Abuse and Neglect (1996) data concurs, showing that an estimated 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in America today.

 

Other reliable studies of childhood sexual abuse in the
United States ( Finkelhor, 1994
) indicate that boys
aged 11-17 comprise the most sexually victimized
group today.  At least one in seven boys and one in
four girls is sexually abused by the age of eighteen:
50 % of all rapes victims are girls under the age of 18.

 

In 90 percent of child sexual abuse cases, the child
knows and trusts the person who commits the abuse
(Finkelhor, 1994). The pedophile who is a religious
figure inflicts a deep and enduring pain with long-term
harm (Finkelhor, 1984) comparable to the trauma of
incest between a father and daughter.  And, as with
incest, crimes of this magnitude eventually become
the basis of numerous physical, psychological, and
emotional problems that emerge in adulthood.

 

In September 1993, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse of Children confirmed the Finkelhor data, reporting similar statistics, based on information collected and analyzed by the organization’s dedicated experts.  Almost 25 years later, the USCCB has reaffirmed these statistics by issuing the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.  But Church leadership remains paralyzed: unable and apparently unwilling to offer the support, comfort, or healing necessary for those victimized by pedophile priests and sexual predators employed by this religious institution.

 

Abuse and neglect are indiscriminate, affecting children across all income levels, all races,
all ethnic groups.  In most cases the survivor is condemned to a life sentence of either taking prescription medications or being consumed by illegal drug use, based on his/her ability to cope with this horrendous crime.

 

 

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