Child Abuse: Why The Problem Is Getting Worse

Child Abuse

Child Abuse

( — Sadly, there is a growing trend of young victims of childhood sexual abuse becoming infected with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many cases, a child complains of genital pain, and a doctor’s diagnosis of sometimes more than one STD shocks the family.

Authorities are no longer surprised by this disturbing trend. In St. Louis County, about one in 10 child sex abuse cases starts with discovery of a sexually transmitted disease.

Such as in the case of one 4 year old little girl, who was infected with chlamydia by her abuser.

What happened from there did surprise officials. Police and prosecutors developed enough evidence to file charges against the mother’s boyfriend. That, investigators say, happens in only about 1 time in 20 after a child is found to have a sexually transmitted disease.

The substantial obstacles include witnesses who are unable or unwilling to talk, medical privacy laws and inconclusive science.

“It’s discouraging,” said Sgt. Gary Guinn of the county police child abuse unit. “You feel very helpless.”