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Sex Abuse of Children: It's In NH Too

The facts are scary, but we can't ignore them. A child you know may be a victim. The problem is that big.

Talking about the sexual abuse of children is an unpleasant subject to be sure, but our discomfort about it is nothing compared to what a child endures who is sexually abused. The hard fact is that nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults happen to children under the age of 17. The average age of a victim is 9 years old, but more than 20% were abused before their eighth birthday.

It's shocking to learn that 30% to 40% of sexual assaults on kids are perpetrated by a family member. 50% of child sexual assaults are committed by friends and acquaintances of the child's family. Strangers account for only 10% of child sexual assaults. The fact is that jovial Uncle Herbie or the neighbor who always wants to take your kid somewhere could very well be the most terrifying person in your child's life. And the chance that your child will actually tell you about it is very, very slim.

Is NH immune from deviants who would so harm a child? Unfortunately, the answer is a resounding no. Nearly 20,000 cases are investigated each year throughout our state. Victims are as young as 3 years old.

On Monday morning of this week, a new "Tell It Like It Is With Public Officials" show was taped with Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance and with Kristie Palestino, the Executive Director of the Granite State Children's Alliance, and Director of the NH Network of Child Advocacy Centers. What they have to say is mind-boggling. What they have to say will provide you with information that every caring adult should know. What they have to say could very well help you to recognize when a child has been sexually abused, and help you to end the torment of that child.

The show is the first of a two-part show that will ultimately be aired on BCTV, and hopefully on other NH public access stations as well. But you can and should watch Part One now by going to this link: http://youtu.be/UCCDHSczRqY . It will also be available on the show's website at www.tellitlikeitisnh.com . Look for it on the Most Recent Shows page, or under the County Attorney designation on the Public Officials page.

Yes, some of what you hear will make your skin crawl. But what you will hear may also help you to prevent your child or another child in your life from being sexually abused. Or, it may even enable you to help rescue a child from what no innocent should ever experience. Make no mistake about it - - - we have lots of kids in New Hampshire who definitely need our surveillance and our help.

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steve forte February 27, 2013 at 01:48 PM
And it will continue untill these people are taken out of society. One is either straight , gay , or a didler. You are what you are and have no control over it. Yes one may be able to control their actions , but not who they are. $1 million spent on intense counseling could not get me to stop liking woman. Its the same with a didler , that is who they are.
John Miller February 27, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Roberge is nothing more than a hired gun brought here to close St Peters and Sacred Heart. The Choir Director had innappropriately touched a female choir member who is an incest survivor, during practice and Roberge covered that up as well. More to follow!
Lorraine Loraine March 10, 2013 at 09:59 PM
It's not just sexual abuse it's also physical and emotional abuse. What do you do when a child is not fed or washed or has clean clothes or even clothes to wear. Adults talk about it but how fast they turn their head. It's a sorry sight in NH that in this day and age there is still so much abuse and it's ALL OUR FAULT. Wake up! Wake up! It sickens me. Our children are our future. Lets all take care of them and not just make the motions. And, don't tell me the it's up to the NH child welfare office. The case workers already have more then they can handle. Let's stop feeding the lazy asses and use the money to hire more educated help. And yes, it does take a village to bring up a child.

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