Studies have shown that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by the time they turn 18. Take a minute and think about all of the girls and boys that that you know. Your daughters and your sons. Your nieces and nephews. Your grandchildren. Children who are friends with your kids, that live in your neighborhood, that go to your child’s school.
Now imagine that 1 in 4 of THOSE girls and 1 in 6 of THOSE boys were being or were going to be sexually abused. That’s a bigger prevalence rate than any disease or disorder out there. And we as adults have the power to eradicate it. But so far we haven’t, because for the majority of us the topic is often just too uncomfortable to talk about. So we’re left with silence and the epidemic of child sexual abuse continues.
Instead of silence, adults can and should come together to learn to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse. For more details on how you can join the movement to prevent child sexual abuse with me, visit the links below: