Fort Smith Police Dealing With Sexual Crimes Against Children
FORT SMITH (KFSM) — According to the United States Department of Justice, more than 1 million children have been the victim of sexual abuse.
Thousands of these crimes start with predators who use online sites to target young children, many of the victims under the age of nine.
A team of counselors at the Hamilton House in Fort Smith help sexually abused children in the area.
“We know one in four or five children will be molested before the age of 18,” executive director Jackie Hamilton said. “I think that’s a difficult thing to get in your head.”
The team counseled 837 children last year using advocacy, therapy and forensic interviews.
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