Kane Experts Say Today's Abuse Is Increasingly Severe 681 Cases Were Reported in County Last Year

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Kane Experts Say Today's Abuse Is Increasingly Severe 681 Cases Were Reported in County Last Year


Kunz, Tona, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Tona Kunz Daily Herald Staff Writer

Although the number of children abused in Kane County remains relatively stable, the severity and longevity of abuse continues to rise.

To draw attention to that growing problem, child advocacy groups held the first vigil for abuse victims at the county's courthouse in Geneva Friday. About two dozen county leaders and advocates donned blue ribbons took a moment of silence to commemorate victims of abuse.

In 2004, Kane County had 681 cases of child abuse, according to the Division of Children and Family Services. That gave Kane the third highest number of abuse cases among the collar counties. Only Cook and Lake counties reported more abuse.

That doesn't even include the cases where enough evidence wasn't present to deem the abuse founded or where the abusers were children and funneled into counseling rather than sent to court. In all, Kane County officials investigated 2,860 reports of abuse or neglect last year.

"And the reports continue," said Patricia Sikorski, domestic violence prevention coordinator for the county health department. "Already two children have been killed this year by abuse."

Lori Chassee, director of the Kane County Child Advocacy Center, said when abusers are found, it's discovered they have had more victims and have engaged in more aggressive sexual and physical abuse than was seen a decade ago. …

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