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Mother of sexual victim says Mark Ober’s comments are why victims hesitate to report sexual abuse

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Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober is being blasted by the mother of a teenage victim involved in a child sex abuse case his office is investigating. At a political debate last week with his Democratic opponent, Andrew Warren, Ober defended himself against the accusation that he initially did not take serious a report regarding Alexander Pelzer, a now-27-year-old Maryland resident accused of committing crimes against the then-15-year-old Hillsborough County girl. The case was first brought to the attention of the general public…

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Child sexual abuse costs Florida an estimated $1 billion a year

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A billion dollars! Really? I have to admit that when I first saw the release from LaurensKids.org, I was a little skeptical. Despite the fact that I love the work Lauren Book is doing on behalf of kids and the very real fact that her work has earned national ink, the actual number itself – (cue your best Dr. Evil) “ONE BILLION DOLLARS” – jumped off the page.  We all know how these kinds of reports can pile on the numbers and if…

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