Local Child Abuse Reports & Concerns Rise; Ask Fairfax Chat Scheduled, 1/18/12

Fairfax County Police Department
Public Information Office
4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Va. 22030
703-246-2253. TTY 703-204-2264. Fax 703-246-4253
News Release: 12/013/LHC
January 13, 2012

                        Local Child Abuse Reports & Concerns Rise
                    After Penn State Allegations Surface

                          Officials Host Ask Fairfax Online Chat Wednesday, Jan. 18

            Since the Penn state child sex abuse scandal broke in November 2011 Fairfax County has felt the impact. The FCPD Child Abuse Squad doubled the number of reports it received in December 2011 at 39 (versus 19 in December 2010). In 2011, officers in that unit investigated a total of 329 cases covering child rape, sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and indecent liberties with a juvenile.

            The Office for Women’s Domestic and Sexual violence hotline also reports that they’ve received an increased number of calls asking for advice and counsel since the scandal broke.

            Please join us in an online discussion to address this serious topic; one that parents, educators, and all those who come into contact with children need to know more about. The chat takes place Wednesday, January 18 between 10 – 11 a.m.

            Two detectives from the FCPD and an expert from the Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services will be on hand to answer your sensitive concerns and offer resources on where to get help.

            Submit your questions or concerns now: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/askfairfax/ActiveDiscussion.aspx?roomid=28


To request this information in an alternate format, call the Public Affairs Bureau at 703.246.2253. TTY 703-877-3715

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