Utah consistently reports abnormally high rates of child sex abuse, but officials say that might not necessarily be a bad thing.
Based on the amount of incidents reported in 20, Iron County saw nearly five times the amount of sex offenses against children per capita when compared to the statewide average. Department of Health and Human Services indicated Utah reported the eighth highest amount of offenses in 2015.
In contrast, Washington County, whose population size is nearly triple that of Iron County’s at 147,800, reported 249 offenses in 2016 and 275 in 2015 – 1.9 and 1.7 per 1,000 residents, respectively. According to the Utah Department of Child and Family Services, 2,023 substantiated incidents were verified during the 2015 Fiscal Year.
A slight decrease to 1,909 was reported in FY 2016.
Statistically, abductions from a child's home are very rare, but they receive lots of media publicity.
The following are a few steps you can take to protect your child in your home.