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The sexual abuse of children is a scourge on our society. We have posted about statistics relating to the sexual abuse of children in general. We want to go further in our efforts to raise awareness of this issue by delving into how the sexual abuse of children can occur. One of the common ways that sexual predators can reach children like never before is by way of the Internet. Web sites, chat rooms and even messaging and texting provide would-be sexual abusers with access to children that is startling in its scope. One way that parents and concerned adults can help to prevent the sexual abuse of children that begins with technology is to understand some of the statistics that relate to this terrible problem. The federal government has published data regarding this issue. Below you’ll find an overview.
The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) began in 2005 as the National Sex Offender Public Registry, or NSOPR. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 renamed the database to its current form. Dru Sjodin was a 22-year-old woman from Grand Forks, North Dakota. A sex offender kidnapped and murdered her. He was registered in Minnesota. The Web site combines all available data regarding sex offenders into one central location so that people can search more efficiently.
The NSOPW has also published statistics regarding the sexual abuse of children that occurs via the Internet and other technology. 10 examples of thee troubling statistics appear below:
These statistics regarding the sexual abuse of children that begins online speak for themselves. They should prompt parents and any other concerned adults to act. Anyone interested in seeing additional statistics can find them here.
Any parent would be concerned after reading the statistics that appear above. Most parents have already given this issue a lot of thought and many have most likely done research on it. Obviously, protecting your child from harm is your top priority. Below you’ll find 5 ideas to keep in mind for protecting your child from sexual abuse that would begin online:
No parent should have to hear that his or her child has been sexually abused. Unfortunately, many will in the coming months and years. Understanding how to deal with this is extremely difficult. StopItNow.org has provided some ideas for parents who face this terrible situation. These ideas include:
Those who want or need to see the full breakdown provided by StopItNow.org can find it here.
If your child is sexually abused, you should obviously contact law enforcement to report it. You should also learn more about your legal rights and options in addition to the criminal justice system. In order to do so, contact the children’s rights lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys today for a free case evaluation.
John Gomez founded the firm alone in 2005. Today, John acts as President and Lead Trial Attorney. He has been voted by his peers as a top ten San Diego litigator in three separate fields: Personal Injury, Insurance and Corporate Litigation. Since 2000, he has recovered over $800 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients with more than 160 separate recoveries of one million dollars or more. A prolific trial lawyer, John has tried to jury verdict more than 60 separate cases.
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