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March, 2011:

Wake Up America!

Every six minutes a child is sexually abused somewhere in the U.S.

 What are we doing about it? Does anybody care? It seems to me our news is filled with Child Sexual Abuse with the focus always on the “molester”, “the sex offender”, or the “perpetrator”. What happened to the “victim”? The young girl or boy or teenager whose life has been shattered, their innocence robbed, leaving them defenseless, and silent only to manifest the guilt, shame, and fear. The emotional effects may last forever whether they are “victimized” once or one hundred times. And yet we do not hear about the pain they are struggling with, where they go for treatment, or how their life or their family’s lives’ are significantly changed forever.

  • Over 90% of the victims know their abuser. Isn’t that alarming?
  • It is usually someone they know or trust!
  • Child Sexual Abuse is happening in our homes, our schools, our day care centers, on the school bus, even in our churches.
  • 1 in 4 girls and 1in 6 boys will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday
  • Every parent and child must know it is never, ever the fault of the victim – always the abuser!

The commonality amongst most parents is to be protective of our children. In many cases “overprotected”. We teach our children to look both ways before crossing the street. We teach them bike safety, car safety, and fire safety, but we sometimes fail to teach our children how to protect and defend their own bodies against these monsters that aren’t the least bit affected until they get caught and very seldom show remorse.

Let’s pay more attention to the ‘warning signs”; become better educated to empower our children with safety skills; and learn to better communicate with our children. Unless we teach our children to protect themselves they do not stand a chance.

Predators are everywhere! They prey on the innocent and the vulnerable! And yes, sometimes they are really “nice” guys!

Let’s also help support those who have suffered in silence for so long!

If we focus more an awareness and prevention consistently we would not have to worry about lifelong treatment.

Do not think it cannot happen to your child – because it can!

Anywhere! Anytime! To Anyone!

 

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