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Why so many reports of sex crimes?

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BECKLEY (WVVA) -- In the news this week, there have been reports of multiple sex crimes in West Virginia.  Two of them were right in Raleigh County.  Now experts are shedding some light on the topic.

They say it's not unusual for juveniles to come forward at the beginning of the school year because they're reflecting on events of the summer, getting back into a routine and feeling added stress from school work.

It's tough to figure out why predators do what they do, but experts try explain. 

"Hurt people, hurt people," says Hamlet Smith, director of Life Strategies.  "I think people who do not successfully deal with negative things that have happened to them, give into whatever urges that they're having at the moment. They have devastating consequences."

To protect your own children, make sure you know what they're doing and who they're hanging out with.  Also, monitor their social media usage. 

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