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Aiken holds highest child-molestation rate across state

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Renren

Aiken, SC

#1 Oct 3, 2007
Aiken holds highest child-molestation rate across state
Study shows county had most molestation reports per capita
By Sandi Martin | South Carolina Bureau Chief
Sunday, September 23, 2007
AIKEN - Aiken County had the highest child-molestation rate in South Carolina in 2005.
And statistics from that year - the last for which information is available - show what many child advocacy experts and prosecutors already know: Children are more likely to be molested by someone they know rather than a stranger.
That person is often a family member, according to a study done by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.
It just proves that parents should be very diligent about "not leaving their children unsupervised," said Brenda Brisbin, the assistant solicitor in Aiken County who prosecutes many of the child molestation cases.
Ms. Brisbin wasn't surprised by Aiken County's ranking. Although other counties had more reports of molestation, Aiken County had more per capita.
"I would have sworn that we had more than everybody else," Ms. Brisbin said.
Finished in July, the recently released report sheds some light on what most people consider to be the most repulsive crime of all. Covering the years from 1991 to 2005, the study looked at trends, broke down the age and sex of victims and offenders and the relationships between them.
It is based on reports to authorities of molestation and does not include information on whether arrests were made or if the suspect was prosecuted and convicted.
The study found that:
- Aiken County had 193 reported cases of child molestation in 2005, a rate of 53.3 reports for every 10,000 people. Darlington County had the next-closest rate, 48.3.
- Most suspects between 1991 and 2005 were 16 or younger. People 17 to 24 ranked second, and the number of offenders declined with each older age group.
- Most sex offenders - 94.6 percent - during those 14 years were men.
- Only 8.9 percent of the nearly 39,000 cases of sexual assault on a child in South Carolina during those years were committed by someone who was a stranger to the child.
Most reports - 91.1 percent - named someone the child knew as the suspect, with family members listed 31.8 percent of the time.
Barbara Morgan, solicitor for the 2nd Judicial Circuit, said she believes sexual abuse of children is reported more in Aiken County than in other parts of the state, possibly because police and social workers cooperate more in Aiken County.
"There's a lot more follow-up here," she said.
But she and Ms. Brisbin say prosecuting child molestation cases can be very frustrating, simply because of all the dynamics that factor into how it happened and why it continues.
Preventing it is not easy, they said. Such abuse can cross generations, affects all income levels and is often something not talked about in families. Education would help, they said.
Parents need constant vigilance, Ms. Brisbin said.
"I've had so many cases of children sleeping over at a friend's house" and being molested there, she said.
Ms. Brisbin said that about 95 percent of her child molestation cases result in plea bargains - which she said is comparable to other criminal cases - and she has a conviction rate of about 80 percent for the ones that go to trial.
She said that the study's findings also prove that sex offender registries are not the solution to the problem and that limiting where sex offenders can live also doesn't provide much protection.
Aiken County recently delayed efforts to limit where registered sex offenders could live, something that Ms. Brisbin said "does no good." Officials had expressed concerns that Georgia offenders were crossing state lines to avoid the state's tough restrictions.
"The few that come over from Georgia are a drop in the bucket," Ms. Brisbin said. "We need to do something about the ones we have."
Renren

Aiken, SC

#2 Oct 3, 2007
Parents need constant vigilance!

TRUST NO ONE!!!
Everett

Flowery Branch, GA

#3 Apr 6, 2012
Renren wrote:
Aiken holds highest child-molestation rate across state
Study shows county had most molestation reports per capita
By Sandi Martin | South Carolina Bureau Chief
Sunday, September 23, 2007
AIKEN - Aiken County had the highest child-molestation rate in South Carolina in 2005.
And statistics from that year - the last for which information is available - show what many child advocacy experts and prosecutors already know: Children are more likely to be molested by someone they know rather than a stranger.
That person is often a family member, according to a study done by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.
It just proves that parents should be very diligent about "not leaving their children unsupervised," said Brenda Brisbin, the assistant solicitor in Aiken County who prosecutes many of the child molestation cases.
Ms. Brisbin wasn't surprised by Aiken County's ranking. Although other counties had more reports of molestation, Aiken County had more per capita.
"I would have sworn that we had more than everybody else," Ms. Brisbin said.
Finished in July, the recently released report sheds some light on what most people consider to be the most repulsive crime of all. Covering the years from 1991 to 2005, the study looked at trends, broke down the age and sex of victims and offenders and the relationships between them.
It is based on reports to authorities of molestation and does not include information on whether arrests were made or if the suspect was prosecuted and convicted.
The study found that:
- Aiken County had 193 reported cases of child molestation in 2005, a rate of 53.3 reports for every 10,000 people. Darlington County had the next-closest rate, 48.3.
- Most suspects between 1991 and 2005 were 16 or younger. People 17 to 24 ranked second, and the number of offenders declined with each older age group.
- Most sex offenders - 94.6 percent - during those 14 years were men.
- Only 8.9 percent of the nearly 39,000 cases of sexual assault on a child in South Carolina during those years were committed by someone who was a stranger to the child.
Most reports - 91.1 percent - named someone the child knew as the suspect, with family members listed 31.8 percent of the time.
Barbara Morgan, solicitor for the 2nd Judicial Circuit, said she believes sexual abuse of children is reported more in Aiken County than in other parts of the state, possibly because police and social workers cooperate more in Aiken County.
"There's a lot more follow-up here," she said.
But she and Ms. Brisbin say prosecuting child molestation cases can be very frustrating, simply because of all the dynamics that factor into how it happened and why it continues.
Preventing it is not easy, they said. Such abuse can cross generations, affects all income levels and is often something not talked about in families. Education would help, they said.
Parents need constant vigilance, Ms. Brisbin said.
"I've had so many cases of children sleeping over at a friend's house" and being molested there, she said.
Ms. Brisbin said that about 95 percent of her child molestation cases result in plea bargains - which she said is comparable to other criminal cases - and she has a conviction rate of about 80 percent for the ones that go to trial.
She said that the study's findings also prove that sex offender registries are not the solution to the problem and that limiting where sex offenders can live also doesn't provide much protection.
Aiken County recently delayed efforts to limit where registered sex offenders could live, something that Ms. Brisbin said "does no good." Officials had expressed concerns that Georgia offenders were crossing state lines to avoid the state's tough restrictions.
"The few that come over from Georgia are a drop in the bucket," Ms. Brisbin said. "We need to do something about the ones we have."
Brenda Brisbin is a man-hater and should be immediately fired from the solicitor's office.
Matt

Wellington Point, Australia

#4 May 13, 2012
So... I happen to be a random Australian listening to a radio show that happened to mention Aiken, South Carolina. Out of curiosity I googled Aiken. I follow a couple of links to schools in Aiken which were found on the Wikipedia article, one of them being South Aiken Baptist Christian School.

I found this picture http://images.acswebnetworks.com/1/2108/marti... on SABCM's website, now I'm not saying that his face made me think of a pedophile ... but......... I'm saying exactly that.
I just thought I would share that ...:/
john

Aiken, SC

#5 May 14, 2012
It is because we have the valley. Trash like water flows down hill.
fred

Warrenville, SC

#6 May 15, 2012
Brenda Brisbin no longer works at the solicitors office.. Get with the times ...
Wes

Aiken, SC

#7 Oct 1, 2012
I blame George Bush.
Anderson

Lithonia, GA

#8 Oct 2, 2012
Everett wrote:
<quoted text>Brenda Brisbin is a man-hater and should be immediately fired from the solicitor's office.
Strom fired her. Thank God!

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