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1.30.04

Child Abuse

It's a subject that is disturbing for most people who have or care for children...child abuse, especially children who are sexually abused.

These types of crimes are on the rise in our area and one local county is asking for help.

Brunswick County has just applied for a grant that could put more child predators behind bars. Brunswick County District Attorney, Rex Gore, applied for a one-hundred- and-thirty thousand dollar grant that would enable him to hire a special prosecutor and investigator to mainly deal with child abuse cases.

Last year, Brunswick County had 85 cases of child sexual abuse - a number that is more than the cases in Columbus and Bladen Counties combined.

Gore says these victims deserve better than the resources they have now.

If or when this grant is approved, Gore says he hopes more people who commit this kind of abuse will be brought to justice.

Reported by Nicole Konkal: nkonkal@wect.com

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