DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said that these crimes stem from the breakdown of the family unit.
This week an Ozark couple was charged with multiple sex crimes against a child.
Several weeks ago, a Dale County substitute teacher was also charged with possession of obscene matter involving students.
“I mean, it’s (an) atrocious crime to be committed against a child because you know a child’s innocence is the purest thing that we have left in this world, and for people to prey on children to me is just something that’s not even imaginable,” Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said. “It’s just terrible.”
There are places like the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) are available to help victims, ongoing investigations, and help to educate the community.
The largest idea the CAC explained is that most children may not report out of fear of their abuser or fear of not being believed.
“Most children don’t want to talk about child abuse, most adults don’t want to talk about child abuse,” Education Advocate Grace Geisler said. “So when it happpens, if a child discloses to you, the most important thing you can do is to believe that child and reassure them you’re going to get them help.”
The CAC also wants people to be as educated as possible, not taking information from social media that may be false.
“I would just say as a concerned citizen, if you’re concerned about what child trafficking looks like, if you’re concerned about what child abuse looks like in your local community, then make sure you are connected to local organizations like the CAC,” Geisler added.