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Is teaching stranger danger enough?
HARDIN COUNTY - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
The assistant director for the Hardin County Crime Victims Assistance Center says her office is pace to break the number of sexual assaults that took place for the 2011-2012 period.
Cindy Colwell says for the month of May, there were eight sexual assault victims, seven of which were children.
I think the youngest was three and the oldest was 17, she said.
That brings the total number of sexual assaults of children for the 2012-2013 period to 47 with six more months to go.
The last measuring period saw a total of 82 sexual assaults. At the halfway point, this period is already ahead of that number.
Colwell says she cant pinpoint exactly why so many occurred last month, but says its important to speak to children about sexual assault, and not just through stranger danger.
Instead of focusing on strangers, she teaches children about behaviors that others exhibit.
Statistics say that 88 percent is by someone they know, so that's leaving about 12 percent, she said. We talk about behaviors, whether it's someone you know or someone you don't know that are the problem, not the person themselves.
Colwell says nationally one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted before they turn 18 and minority communities under report sexual assault cases.
When you've been sexually assaulted, it doesn't matter how you were touched, whether it was force, whether you were underage and didn't really give consent or that type of thing. It doesn't matter because the sense of violation is the same, it's there.
If you are need of assistance, you can reach the Hardin County Crime Victims' Assistance Center at (409) 246-4300.