Taking a Stand: Sex crimes against children

Taking a Stand: Sex crimes against children

(WFIE) - Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle has agreed to plead guilty to paying for sex with minor girls and receiving child pornography.

The revelations about Fogle are yet another sobering reminder of sex crimes against children.

The statistics are sobering… The national center for missing and exploited children has analyzed more than 132 million images of child pornography since 2002.

According to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report five years ago… 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse.

Stopabusecampaign.com says that most sex offenders select young victims they have a face to face relationship with. They also say that the good news is that most children who receive an unsolicited sexual approach online ignore it and don't experience any fear or negative emotions.

Because Jared was such a recognizable figure, kids may ask questions about what happened and why he was arrested.  As parents it's important to address their questions and ease their fears, as well as to take the opportunity to inform them about the appropriate and inappropriate behaviors between adults and children.

We are fortunate here in the Tri-State to have an organization that helps victims of these crimes: Holly's House.

Their mission is to empower victims by providing support, promoting justice and preventing violence.

You can visit hollyshouse.org or their Facebook page for more information about the services they offer.

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