Editorial: Stop child abuse

Editorial: Stop child abuse

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Child sex abuse is a horrific problem in this state and in our country. In the state of Alabama, the age of consent is 16 and you are considered an adult on your 18th birthday.

Last year locally, Child Protect provided 628 forensic interviews on children where there were allegations of abuse. According to information provided by Child Protect, 70 percent of those allegations were sexual abuse.

The abuse of a child is illegal and immoral NOT "unusual." One in seven girls and one in 25 boys will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday.

Nearly 70 percent of all reported sexual assaults, including assaults on adults, occur to children ages 17 and under.

About 90 percent of children who are victims of sexual abuse know their abuser.

Approximately 30 percent of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members.

For anyone, these statistics are very difficult to stomach. For those of us who have children of our own, it is even more gut wrenching.

If you suspect a child is being abused or in danger, call the Department of Human Resources at 293-3303, call 911 or call local law enforcement.

Children don't always report the abuse right away because they are afraid, have been threatened or don't think they will be believed. We need to be their voice and speak up immediately. Please!

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