Sex crimes against children are particularly heinous and
unfortunately, underreported. There are numerous
Sex crimes against children are, unfortunately, fairly common
The following statutes deal with sexual crimes against children. Please click on each link for more information. Questions about any of these individual statutes should be directed to your local law enforcement.
If you suspect that a child is the victim of any type of criminal act, including a sexually-based offense, you should immediately contact 911 and request law enforcement officers. The Exploited and Missing Children’s Unit (EMCU) located in downtown Wichita is a unit made up of Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office detectives, SRS social workers, and Wichita Police Department detectives that are dedicated to handling these types of crimes against children. The unit also contains a specialized unit that deals only with internet crimes against children. Those in EMCU have received specialized training in the investigation of these types of crimes and also in interviewing children.
The following are some possible warning signs that adults should be conscious of in children. It should be noted that this is not a comprehensive list and children who are being victimized might exhibit other warning signs than those listed.
Trouble walking or sitting.
Displays knowledge or interest in sexual acts inappropriate to his or her age, or even seductive behavior.
Makes strong efforts to avoid a specific person, without an obvious reason.
Doesn’t want to change clothes in front of others or participate in physical activities.
An STD or pregnancy, especially under the age of 14.
Runs away from home.
It is extremely important that parents/guardians take an active interest in their children’s lives. This includes knowing their children’s friends, teachers, and coaches. It is recommended that parents check their children’s cell phones and possibly even social media sites such as Facebook, MySpace, etc. Parents should have discussions with their children about stranger danger (for younger kids), and internet safety for older children. The following website might be beneficial in discussing internet safety with children: The Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety. There are a number of resources such as books and videos to help parents talk to their kids about these topics.
The typical advice "Don't Talk to Strangers" doesn't apply in this case. Most sexual perpetrators are known to their victims.
Do not instruct children to give relatives hugs and kisses. Let them express affection on their own terms.
Teach your children basic sexual education. Teach them that no one should touch the "private" parts of their body. A health professional can also help to communicate sex education to children if parents are uncomfortable doing so.
Develop strong communication skills with your children. Encourage them to ask questions and talk about their experiences. Explain the importance of reporting abuse to you or another trusted adult.
Teach your children that sexual advances from adults are wrong and against the law. Give them the confidence to assert themselves against any adult who attempts to abuse them.
Make an effort to know children's friends and their families.
Instruct your child to never get into a car with anyone without your permission.
Teach your children that their bodies are their own. That it is OK to say they do not want a hug or that certain kinds of contact make them uncomfortable.
It is important to remember that physical force is often not necessary to engage a child in sexual activity. Children are trusting and dependent and will often do what is asked of them to gain approval and love.
Call 9-1-1. Suspected child sex crimes and other related crimes can also be reported through CyberTip at https://report.cybertip.org/index.htm.
If a child has been victimized, it is very important that
parents/guardians seek professional mental health assistance for that child.
EMCU detectives, primary care physicians, and Sedgwick County COMCARE can all
offer a wealth of information on available resources in
Charles B. Wang International Children's Building
Child Help USA
15757 North 78th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Child Welfare Information Gateway (formerly National
Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information)
1250 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20024
141 W Elm
Wichita, KS 67203