Recent sex crimes have parents wondering who they can trust

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Six new cases of child sex abuse allegations against a former coach and school administrator are now being investigated in Hanahan.

Louis "Skip" ReVille has already admitted to molesting five teenage boys in Mount Pleasant, according to police.

This case, and the sex abuse scandal surrounding a former Penn State coach, has parents wondering who they can trust with their children. The question is crossing many parent's minds.

"You're always fearful," said Martha Tumblin with Darkness to Light. "As a parent it makes you look a little more closely every day."

Sexual abuse is a crime that seems almost impossible to prevent. One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused by the time they are 18. Only one in 10 kids will ever report the crime.

Tumblin says the first step to prevent abuse is to not leave kids alone with adults in a closed off area.

"Anytime an adult is with a child it needs to be observable and interruptible," Tumblin said. "Windows, doors need to be open. They should never be alone with the children."

Tumblin says to make sure your kids understand what's OK and what's not OK.

"Teach them no one should ever touch you where your bathing suit goes, no one should ask you to touch them where their bathing suits go," Tumblin said.

If your child is abused, the way you respond may be the most important step in their recovery

"We don't want to respond emotionally," Tumblin said. "We want to be very centered and mature and be the security and safety kids need if they do have something to tell."

The new cases against ReVille were brought to the attention of the 9th circuit solicitor's office Thursday afternoon. The case covers Charleston and Berkeley Counties.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson met with several law enforcement agencies about the ReVille case. Hanahan police expect to file six more charges against him.

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