Friday, January 2, 2009

Preventing Sexual Assault

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Sex Crimes are horrible. And that may be the understatement of the year; and only two days in, that may still remain the understatement of the year after all the other days pass.

Preventing crime is tough; preventing sex crimes is even tougher. Especially when you consider that between 80 and 85 percent of victims know the perpetrator. This kind of crime almost always includes an element of broken trust. Teaching people to be wary of people they are also supposed to trust is difficult. But that's exactly what you need to do to try to make any kind of effort to stop sex crimes.

On Wednesday, I interviewed Sgt. Misty Pence with Las Vegas Metro's Sex Assault Detail. She's part of the team that developed a two new presentations aimed at preventing sex crimes. One is for parents of toddlers and young children. The other is designed for parents and teenagers to attend together.

Metro has the presentations ready, now it needs an audience. You can call Metro's Crimes Against Youth & Family Bureau at 702-828-3421 to request a prestentation. Ask about the Sexual Assault Prevention Program. The office is open weekdays from 7 am to 4 pm.

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