Natalia Macrynikola via Crowdrise
December 30, 2013
BENEFITING: STOP THE SILENCE STOP CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE INC
It's dreadful to think about but true: Among those you know, one or more have likely been sexually abused. That's because child sexual abuse affects 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys by the time they are 18. But if it did happen to someone you know, you'd probably never find out: In the U.S. alone, 42% of women and 33% of men suffer in silence, never disclosing the experience to anyone.
Stop the Silence is a nonprofit that aims to bring this silent epidemic to an end by educating the public and talking to lawmakers about better laws. We need $ now for various programs under way in the U.S. and Europe, and we can't do it without you. Please contribute anything you can afford. If we can all do a little, we can do a lot, and YOU are a crucial part of this cause. Thank you and happy holidays!!
MORE ABOUT THE CAUSE:
Most of us don't know how to respond when someone reveals that they've been sexually abused. But did you know that being at a loss for words actually hurts survivors? Research shows that when victims encounter silence or skepticism instead of support after revealing child sexual abuse (CSA), the trauma is compounded, which slows or prevents healing.
What's more, CSA that isn't dealt with can have severe consequences, from post- traumatic stress disorder to self-destructive behaviors and chronic disease. The issue costs the nation billions of dollars each year in medical and psychiatric treatment, social services, special education, and legal, judicial and incarceration costs.
CSA has been a taboo topic for a long time. Most people are never taught to deal with it, and survivors have a difficult time speaking up about it. This silence doesn't do anyone good -- it prevents healing and keeps perpetrators from getting caught and receiving the treatment they need to stop abusing others. The solution is to stop the silence, tell people how common the issue is, what they can do to protect their loved ones, and how to respond if it ever happens to their family. This is what the nonprofit Stop the Silence aims to do, and you can help this amazing work by contributing a little or a lot. Do it for the kids you know ... and the ones you don't.