Officials talk child sex abuse

National headlines about the allegations against two former college coaches on sex abuse charges have many parents buzzing about child sex abuse.

These cases go unnoticed every day.

Officials say children who are sexually abused do not always disclose what happened to them because they are either ashamed or scared no one will believe them.

"Just to trust your instinct I think is the biggest thing. If something is out of the ordinary or something just doesn't seem right, then usually it isn't," said KSP Child Sex Abuse Detective Vicki Eversole.

Detective Eversole says talking to your child is the first step.

"I think communication with your kids is probably the biggest prevention that a parent can do," said Detective Eversole.

Detective Eversole says not every child has the same symptoms which makes sexual abuses hard to pin-point for parents.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network reports that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. And 23 percent of their perpetrators are also minors.

Officials say keeping a close eye on your children is the best thing a parent can do.

"With your children, I would say pay attention more to the smoke versus the fire," said Detective Eversole.

Officials say kids can also help by talking to a parent or an adult that they trust.

If you or someone you know is being sexually abused contact law enforcement.

Child advocacy centers are also open to help dealing with sex abuse cases.


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