For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: January 21, 2004

Fifteenth Annual Report on Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse Released

(Boise) - Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Governor Dirk Kempthorne have delivered the 15th annual report on the prosecution of child sexual abuse to the Idaho Legislature.

The report is prepared and submitted to the legislature each year pursuant to Idaho Code ยง 67-1405. The report was prepared under the direction of Dr. Robert Marsh of the Boise State University Department of Criminal Justice Administration.

The report covers only cases of child sexual abuse in which criminal charges are filed in Idaho courts. The report for Fiscal Year 2003 covers cases filed between July 1, 2002 and June 30, 2003. It includes statistical data on victims and offenders, disposition of cases and sentencing practices. The report does not include data or estimates on unreported child sexual abuse or reported cases that do not result in criminal prosecution.

"Although the number of cases prosecuted varies from year to year, the report has underscored a consistent message for the last 15 years," Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. "In the majority of cases, the abuser is a person known and trusted by the victim and the victim's family. This report, like its predecessors, documents that child sexual abuse committed by a stranger is very rare."

"For those of us dedicated to the well-being Idaho's children, there is no other crime more heinous than the sexual abuse of a child," Governor Dirk Kempthorne said. "Only through partnership with the Legislature, school administrators, and other policy makers will we be able to rid our great state of this horrible crime."

Click here to read the entire report.

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