Utah consistently reports abnormally high rates of child sex abuse, but officials say that might not necessarily be a bad thing.
Based on the amount of incidents reported in 20, Iron County saw nearly five times the amount of sex offenses against children per capita when compared to the statewide average. Department of Health and Human Services indicated Utah reported the eighth highest amount of offenses in 2015.
Utah regularly ranks in the top 10 states with the highest rates of sexual abuse of children. Texas topped the list with 5,720 incidents, while Ohio came in second 4,683 incidents.
While the numbers are startling, Sarah Houser, program administrator for Child Protective Services, said the high rates may actually indicate that Utah is tougher on sex crimes.“It’s not that we have the most horrible people here who sexually abuse children,” House said.
Statistically, abductions from a child's home are very rare, but they receive lots of media publicity.
The following are a few steps you can take to protect your child in your home.