Author: Clifford Ward
A steep increase in the number of child sex abuse victims in Kane County has officials looking for answers and urging parents to be alert for potential signs.
State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said his office and the county’s Child Advocacy Center have noted a rise in “sexualized, aggressive behavior” against children under the age of 6.
n 2015, county authorities reported 111 sex abuse victims under age 6. The number increased to 125 in 2016 and 185 in 2017, a jump McMahon called “alarming.”
“We’re seeing a marked increase in the number of children who are being sexually abused in their homes at a very young age,” McMahon said Tuesday during his monthly press briefing.
McMahon and Child Advocacy Center Director Deb Bree said they are delving into statistics to try to better understand if the escalation means there’s been an actual spike or improved reporting of the problem.
Bree said authorities are also noting a rise in the number of juvenile offenders, classified as age 10 or older.
“We’re seeing them victimizing even younger victims,” Bree said. “We’re talking about seeing a juvenile offender who’s 15, and who is (sexually abusing) a 5- or 6-year-old.”
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