In Need of Care: Hearing in abused child case postponed again
The preliminary hearing for the parents of a 14-year-old Sedgwick County girl diagnosed by a doctor as a victim of child torture has been continued a fourth time.
It is difficult to talk about the subject of sexual abuse, but it happens to children and infants every day. In our local Wichita, Kansas community, more than 850 children are interviewed about concerns of sexual abuse each year (according to the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County). Sexual abuse in Wichita, Kansas can interfere with a child’s normal, healthy development both physically and emotionally.
Sexual abuse is defined as any contact or interaction with a child in which the child is being used for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator, the child or another person. Sexual abuse also includes allowing, permitting or encouraging a child to engage in prostitution or to be photographed, filmed or depicted in obscene or pornographic material.
If you learn of the sexual exploitation or abuse of a child in Wichita, Kansas, it should be reported immediately. There are both physical and behavioral indicators of sexual abuse, including:
Common Physical Indicators
Common Behavioral Indicators
Consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the parent or caregiver:
If you notice signs of sexual abuse in the Wichita, Kansas community or surrounding areas, please do not hesitate to call 911 immediately.