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Sex crimes against children are particularly heinous and
unfortunately, underreported. There are numerous
Kansas statutes that outline these types of
Sex crimes against children are, unfortunately, fairly common
in the United States.
“It is estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will have experienced an
episode of sexual abuse while younger than 18 years. The numbers of boys
affected may be falsely low because of reporting techniques” (Botash, Ann, MD,
Pediatric Annual, May, 1997).1 It is extremely important that those who may
be directly involved with children (ex. teachers, parents, daycare providers,
medical providers, law enforcement officers, etc) be very vigilant and know the
possible warning signs of a child that might be being abused. Any
suspicions of abuse in any form should be reported immediately to local law
enforcement by calling 911.
The following statutes deal with sexual crimes against
children. Please click on each link for more information. Questions about any of
these individual statutes should be directed to your local law enforcement.
K.S.A. 21-5503 Rape
K.S.A. 21-5506 Indecent Liberties with a Child
K.S.A. 21-5504 Criminal Sodomy
K.S.A. 21-5508 Indecent Solicitation of a Child
K.S.A. 21-5510 Sexual Exploitation of a Child
K.S.A. 21-5512 Unlawful Sexual Relations
K.S.A. 21-5507 Unlawful Voluntary Sexual Relations
K.S.A. 21-5509 Electronic Solicitation
If you suspect that a child is the victim of any type of
criminal act, including a sexually-based offense, you should immediately contact
911 and request law enforcement officers. The Exploited and Missing Children’s
Unit (EMCU) located in downtown Wichita is a unit made up of Sedgwick County
Sheriff’s Office detectives, SRS social workers, and Wichita Police Department
detectives that are dedicated to handling these types of crimes against
children. The unit also contains a specialized unit that deals only with
internet crimes against children. Those in EMCU have received specialized
training in the investigation of these types of crimes and also in interviewing
The following are some possible warning signs that adults
should be conscious of in children. It should be noted that this is not a
comprehensive list and children who are being victimized might exhibit other
warning signs than those listed.
Trouble walking or sitting.
Displays knowledge or interest in sexual acts
inappropriate to his or her age, or even seductive behavior.
Makes strong efforts to avoid a specific person, without
an obvious reason.
Doesn’t want to change clothes in front of others or
participate in physical activities.
An STD or pregnancy, especially under the age of 14.
Runs away from home.
It is extremely important that parents/guardians take an
active interest in their children’s lives. This includes knowing their
children’s friends, teachers, and coaches. It is recommended that parents check
their children’s cell phones and possibly even social media sites such as
Facebook, MySpace, etc. Parents should have discussions with their children
about stranger danger (for younger kids), and internet safety for older
children. The following website might be beneficial in discussing internet
safety with children:
The Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety. There are a number of resources such
as books and videos to help parents talk to their kids about these topics.
The typical advice "Don't Talk to Strangers" doesn't apply
in this case. Most sexual perpetrators are known to their victims.
Do not instruct children to give relatives hugs and
kisses. Let them express affection on their own terms.
Teach your children basic sexual education. Teach them
that no one should touch the "private" parts of their body. A health
professional can also help to communicate sex education to children if
parents are uncomfortable doing so.
Develop strong communication skills with your children.
Encourage them to ask questions and talk about their experiences. Explain
the importance of reporting abuse to you or another trusted adult.
Teach your children that sexual advances from adults are
wrong and against the law. Give them the confidence to assert themselves
against any adult who attempts to abuse them.
Make an effort to know children's friends and their
Instruct your child to never get into a car with anyone
without your permission.
Teach your children that their bodies are their own. That
it is OK to say they do not want a hug or that certain kinds of contact make
It is important to remember that physical force is often
not necessary to engage a child in sexual activity. Children are trusting
and dependent and will often do what is asked of them to gain approval and
If a child has been victimized, it is very important that
parents/guardians seek professional mental health assistance for that child.
EMCU detectives, primary care physicians, and Sedgwick County COMCARE can all
offer a wealth of information on available resources in
Some national resources where more information may be gathered include:
National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children
Charles B. Wang International Children's Building
699 Prince Street Alexandria,
24 hotline: 1-800-THE-LOST
Child Help USA
15757 North 78th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Child Welfare Information Gateway (formerly National
Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information)
1250 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20024
In conclusion, parents must be aware of their
children’s activities and take a hands-on approach in their children’s lives.
Family discussions should be had about internet safety and stranger danger
depending on the child’s age. If a child is the victim of a sexually related
offense it is important for families to know that resources do exist in Sedgwick
County to assist them. Child victims are going to need ongoing support and most
likely counseling in order to process what has happened to them.
We, at the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s
Office, are dedicated to helping citizens combat crime in their
neighborhoods. But we need your help! By utilizing
crime prevention techniques around your home, work place, and
vehicles, you can decrease your chances of becoming a victim!
If you have any questions about what you could do to help
protect yourself and your property, please call either your
Community Liaison Unit at (316) 660-3920 or your Community
Policing Unit at (316) 660-0750.
information provided in this document is not
intended to be legal advice, but is merely
intended to convey general information commonly
encountered when dealing with the subjects
discussed herein. Because laws can change very
rapidly, we cannot guarantee that any
information on this document (or references
contained therein) is current or accurate.
Additionally, laws differ from jurisdiction to
jurisdiction, and are subject to interpretation
of courts located in each county. Legal advice
must be tailored to the specific circumstances
of each case and the information provided herein
may not be an appropriate fit for your
particular situation. The Sedgwick County
Sheriff’s Office, its employees, agents, or
others will not be liable or responsible for any
claim, loss, injury, liability, or damages
related to use of this document or any reference
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Understanding Child Sexual Abusee
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Date Reviewed: 12/03/2013
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