Offenders know they have a one in 20 chance of getting away with it, but the child may have to live with the trauma for the rest of their lives.
Now, one mother, Program Director April Founder, is on a mission to help the smallest victims using a little help from horses.
Founder said, "I'm a mom on a mission and hell bent on changing every single law that I'm told about."
The tragedy that set this mom on a mission? Her five-year-old was attacked by an intruder in her own bedroom.
Founder said, "It's not locked, it's never locked; she knows not to lock the door. So I began pounding on the door and calling her name. Finally I hear her little voice say, 'I'm trying, I'm trying.' I'm spinning in a circle in her room and all of a sudden from underneath the bed I see a hand come out and I screamed, 'there is a man in her room!'"
A friend prevented the man from escaping, blocking him in the room until police arrived. April tried traditional therapy for her little girl, but hit a dead end. That's when she found equine therapy, also known as horse assisted psychotherapy.
"We saw her come back in a way we never thought possible again."
That's when Marley's Mission began, a non-profit located on this farm in Pennsylvania. April and her team of therapists have provided alternative psychotherapy to more than two hundred children.
Equine Specialist/Therapist Alishia Allegrucci said, "What's happening is you're giving them an activity that's directed towards the treatment plan and they are literally working it out with the horses."
This mother says every child should have the chance to survive a tragedy and still smile. "There she is a five-year-old girl, maybe 70 lbs and she just kind of lays back and the horse leans in with her nose to nose and she's not scared."
Helping give confidence and control back to children who need it the most.
Marley's Mission is free to any child who needs help.
Due to increased media attention on cases involving child sexual abuse, there has been a push for more laws protecting children. Currently, 87 bills specific to child sexual abuse are pending in 29 state legislatures. To learn more about your state's child abuse laws, go to childwelfare.gov.