National Children's Advocacy Center opens dialogue about sexual abuse

Child protection agency wants people to get informed about child abuse

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - With recent news of sex assault cases, especially ones that happened when victims were minors, the National Children's Advocacy Center is speaking out on the crimes.

It is an effort to make more people aware.

In the past three decades, the National Children's Advocacy Center has worked to prevent child abuse.

Executive Director Chris Newlin said, "We've learned a lot over the course of that time. Whenever we see stories coming out about these issues, there's all types of questions the community may have."

Recently, we have seen an increase in those stories, including right here in Alabama.

While this national dialogue is happening, the agency is taking this time to lay out facts and myths of this terrifying crime.

"There's often times a delay in reporting. Lots of victims do not report incidents happening right at the time they're happening," said Newlin.  

Statistics show 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time he or she is 18, and while the number is alarming, it has declined.
"Back in the 70s and 80s it was 1 in 4 girls and 1 and 7 boys, so it used to happen a lot more than it is now," said Newlin.

Despite the decrease, the agency says any case is one too many and with awareness and and education it is hoping people can help bring the abuse to a stop.

"We need more support and less stigma," said Newlin.

Click here for more information from the National Children's Advocacy Center.

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