Childhood Sexual Abuse

31 Mar

This week the ran a cover story entitled , about a young woman whose father sexually abused her as a child. She and her mother found support through a local child advocacy center called .

We know that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually abused before the age of 18.

Those numbers may seem unreal to you, but those are the facts. If this is such an epidemic, why aren’t we hearing about it? There are many factors contributing to general silence and misinformation around this issue. Children have a hard time reporting their abuse, and when they do, they are not always believed. It is typical upon receiving an adverse reaction that a child will recant, saying they made up the allegations. Many times the abuser makes threats to harm the child or someone they love if they tell, or they convince the child that the abuse is their fault and that they will get in trouble if they tell.

Abusers are most often known and trusted. They look and act the same as anyone else. So how can you protect your children?

is an organization dedicated to educating individuals and organizations about preventing child abuse. They have compiled a wonderfully useful and detailed document that outlines .

April is . If you are able, please consider making a to your local .

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