PUTNAM COUNTY — They are children who have committed serious crimes, and their victims are other children. And it’s an epidemic, Juvenile Court officials say. They are talking about child sex offenders, children raping other children.
“We currently have three child rape cases on the Juvenile Court docket, and there have been so many of these cases in the past couple of years,” said Greg Bowman, administrator of the Juvenile Court here. In the current three cases, which are unrelated, a 16-year-old boy is charged with two counts of rape of a child under 13, a 14-year-old boy is charged with rape of a child under 13, and a 17-year-old is charged with rape of a child under 13.
“Unfortunately, this type of case is becoming an epidemic, and the offenders seem to be getting younger all the time,” said Juvenile Court Judge John Hudson. Asked for his opinion on the cause of this increasing problem, the judge said, “It’s Internet access — and the fact that the traditional family structure of the previous generations doesn’t seem to exist any more.”
By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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