He will host a public panel discussion on the subject next week.
Thomas wrote that nearly 70 percent of all victims of sexual assaults, on children and adults, are children age 17 and younger.
“Mind-boggling statistics, yet in our rural communities of Delta County, these statistics are made up by local children as more of our law enforcement and child protective services cases focus on sexual assaults and abuse,” he wrote.
To help reverse the trend of child sexual abuse and assaults, Thomas is an open-to-the-public multidisciplinary-team panel discussion, co-hosted by Dolphin House Child Advocacy Center, on Wednesday, June 8 at 7 p.m., at United Methodist Church, 477 Meeker Street in Delta. How local cases are processed will be discussed, and information will be available; members of the audience will be given an opportunity to ask questions.
“We know this growing problem in our community is a great concern to all of our citizens, and that is why the meeting is being held. We hope you attend,” Thomas wrote. “There is no question; Delta Kids Count! And we want to provide the very best protections and service possible for every child in our county.”
To learn more about the meeting, call the Delta City Police Department at 874-7676.