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Increasing Number of Child Abuse Claims after Penn State

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Reports of sexual abuse have been on the rise ever since the Jerry Sandusky scandal rocked the country. The reports of abuse not only include current allegations, but also include reports from people who were abused previously. As Fairfax County police spokesperson, Lucy Caldwell said, “When people hear about high-profile situations in the news, they sometimes look at their own lives and recall things that had happened to them,” and want to bring the perpetrator to justice to prevent them from hurting other people.

Fairfax police typically receive 20 sex abuse reports in a month, however, since the Penn State media frenzy, the police are receiving higher than normal report rates, include 39 child sex abuse cases in December alone.

The former president of the Male Survivor organization Curtis St. John said they have seen a 66 percent increase in visitors since the allegations against Sandusky were brought to light. “These numbers were out there before,” he said. “Now they have permission to come get help.”

The D.C. division of Child and Family Services said they have also seen an increase in the number of people looking for more information regarding who is responsible for reporting abuse suspicions. disclaimer: This article: Increasing Number of Child Abuse Claims after Penn State was posted on Monday, February 20th, 2012 at 8:40 pm at and is filed under Personal Injury Lawsuits.

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