Sexual Abuse Survivor Shares Story in Hopes to Educate

Sexual abuse survivor Ellie Hagen opened up about her personal story as a child in hopes of educating others Wednesday at the Missouri Western State University Child Abuse: Education, Prevention and Investigation Conference

Posted: Apr. 19, 2018 10:20 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Sexual abuse survivor Ellie Hagen opened up about her personal story as a child in hopes of educating others Wednesday at the Missouri Western State University Child Abuse: Education, Prevention and Investigation Conference.

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"When everyone was sleeping my best friend's step-dad came and touched me in places he wasn't supposed to," Ellie said.

She was finally able to tell her mother a year later and and her family reported it to the police. Ellie shared her entire legal process during the conference to help law enforcement officers better understand the persective of a child going through a tramatic experience. 

According to Missouri Social Services, Buchanan County had 189 abuse and neglect cases in 2017. 

The St. Joseph Family Crimes Department has been attending the conference for the past five years.

"It's really important that we learn every thing we can to learn about these types of cases we are involved in," said Detective Nolty.

"Victims are the ones that are important here. They're the ones you're fighting for. Being a detective, you have to feel what they feel and they have to believe in you."

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