Child sexual abuse cases are receiving more and more media attention, but what most people don't realize or prefer not to face is the realization that we ALL know at least one person who has been affected by child sexual abuse. One in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be molested before their 18th birthday, but the majority of these will go unreported. The next time you go to work, run into a Starbucks, go to church or a community meeting, go to a sporting event – take a look around at how many people we're actually talking about.
Without our help, victims suffer in silence but the ripples of the abuse can be seen throughout their lives. It is not a question of IF a child will be left to suffer the consequences, but to WHAT degree. Victims of child abuse are at a much higher risk for further victimization, difficulty forming healthy relationships, have low self-esteem, psychological and emotional problems, financial difficulties, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, bullying, becoming abusive themselves, and so much more. It's not pretty, but it's the reality.
It's not just the victims that are affected by these tragedies, but the family and friends as well. Abuse costs EVERYONE in the form of pain and anguish, time, money, and a moral decay. With early therapeutic intervention and a supportive response system from social services, law enforcement, the medical community, and the media, the risks can be minimized and some avoided entirely. We have a long way to go to improve society's response to these tiny victims. Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. works across the globe to put an end to the silence that keeps the issue in the dark.
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