Change Missouri Child Enticement Laws

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The change we are asking for is to prevent there ever being a victim of sexual assault. The way the law is written unless we are peace officers even if the predator flat out says they are going to have sex with a minor in great detail and shows up to a meeting location admits their intention again they will not press charges. We need to stop waiting for a crime to happen if there is enough evidence showing the intention the person has we should be able to take preventative measures and prosecute them to protect our children.

By making this change our community has the ability to prevent sexual assault of a child. We need to stop waiting for the crime to happen before we do something. These laws should be in place to provide the fullest protection of our communities and the children who live in them.

Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face with the most serious array of consequences. About one in 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18, including one in seven girls and one in 25 boys. In 2017, 5700 children were reported sexually abused just in Missouri alone. Children with a history of child sexual abuse demonstrate an increase in rates of substance abuse/dependence and delinquency and crime.

70% of child sexual offenders have between one and 9 victims, while 20% have 10 to 40 victims. About 60% of children who are sexually abused are abused by the people the family trusts (Teachers, Coaches, Church Officials and/or other family members)