Investigators In Dallas For Conference On Child Abuse

Alan Scaia
August 13, 2018 - 1:04 pm
Crimes Against Children Conference

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Five thousand police officers and detectives from around the world have come to Dallas for the 30th annual "Crimes Against Children" Conference. Dallas police and the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center started the conference.

John Walsh, who hosted America's Most Wanted, was the keynote speaker at this year's conference. His son was killed in 1981, and he says technology has since made it easier for kids to hide information from their parents.

"For social media, they'll tell you, 'I'm not doing this,'" he says. "But they're in a chat room that you have no idea how to get a hold of them."

Walsh says the Jerry Sandusky case shows the importance of believing kids if they say they have been sexually abused and the importance of kids coming forward.

"All the grown men who were at that trial who had tried to commit suicide, who had alcohol problems, et cetera et cetera, no one believed them," he says.

Dallas police say they are focused on how to find predators, but they are also trying to tell parents how to recognize abuse.

They say most of the time, a person committing sexual abuse knows the child. Police say if kids tell their parents they no longer want to spend time with a relative, coach or family friend, the parents can ask more questions to try to figure out what is happening.