Sexual abuse prompts meeting in Delta

DELTA — The Delta Police Department will sponsor a public meeting designed to educate residents about child sexual and physical abuse and what services are available for victims.

The meeting will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Delta’s United Methodist Church, 477 Meeker St.

Police Chief Robert Thomas recently mailed a letter to residents, listing sobering statistics, such as one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they reach 18 years of age.

Thomas added nearly 70 percent of all reported sexual assaults are children 17 years old or younger.

He went on to say more services are needed for the growing number of reported victims.

“We know this growing problem in our community is a great concern to all of our citizens, and that is why this meeting is being held,” Thomas said.

The meeting is a multi- agency effort involving the Delta County Sheriff’s Department, the Dolphin House Child Advocacy Center in Montrose and members from the 7th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, according to Jamie Head of the Delta Police Department.

“The public is encouraged to attend so they can learn what type of services are available for victims,” Head said.

She said abuse victims who remain silent are encouraged to attend and become knowledgeable about services and treatments.

For information, contact the Delta police at 874-7676.


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