Child sex abuse complaints rising in southern Illinois
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services says that 24 downstate counties in Illinois have child sex abuse rates that are more than double the state average. That includes several counties in the Local 6 area.
The average sex abuse rate in Illinois from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 was seven victims per 10,000 children. The counties with more than twice that rate include Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac and Saline.
“The high rate of sex abuse in downstate Illinois, particularly Central and Southern Illinois, is rising even further this year,” said DCFS Spokesperson Dave Clarkin. “We are implementing a reorganization plan that increases the number of abuse investigators at DCFS so that we can get children and families the help they need more quickly, and we hope lawmakers will fund that plan in early January.”
DCFS also offered several signs of sexual abuse:
To see a map of child sex abuse rates county-by-county in Illinois, click here.
If you suspect child sex abuse in Illinois, you can report it by calling 1-800-25-ABUSE.