People who abuse children look and act just like everyone else.
Most child victims never report the abuse.
Sexually abused children who keep it a secret or who “tell” and are not believed are at far greater risk than the general population for psychological, emotional, social and physical problems often lasting into adulthood.
Experts estimate that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before their eighteenth birthdays.
The abuser sometimes threatens the child or a family member.
Some children are too young to understand. Many abusers tell children the abuse is “okay” or a “game.”
IF A CHILD DISCLOSES ABUSE:
Do not show anger or disbelief.
Believe the child and make sure he/she knows it.
Seek the help of a professional who is trained to ask questions about abuse.
Report all cases of suspected abuse, both inside and outside the immediate family.
Do not panic. Abused children who receive help can and do heal.
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