Stop Child Sexual Abuse!
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1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys become victims of Child Sexual Abuse. 90% of victims KNOW their abuser. This could be a family member, neighbor, or friend. 60% of these silenced victims never even tell anyone. 44% percent of rapes occur to children under the age of 18. More than 1/3 of girls who were raped before the age of 18 also report an experience of rape in adulthood. But there is hope, and that is why I am here. I am still on the younger side, but I take pride in my age as I am strong enough to come forward and help others. I want to make a change and raise awareness to try to prevent this from happening to another child. We need to lead children out of the darkness and into the light. It is our responsibility to protect kids from falling into the hands of a monster.
I am living the aftermath of a very traumatic childhood filled with terror, fear, and silence. I have suffered through many years of pain and endured events no person let alone child should ever experience. Even though I put an end to what was happening to me behind closed doors, I still continue to be affected everyday. I have been diagnosed with a few mental disorders such as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), which is common in many trauma survivors. My blood runs cold when I'm having a flashback of my abuser on top of me. Just remembering the look in his eyes... I knew all he craved was to see me in pain. I was told nobody would believe me and I would be thrown onto the streets if I told anyone, so I stayed quiet for the next 7-8 years of my life. I felt guilty, dirty, ashamed and even thought this was all my fault. I finally shattered my silence and broke free at the age of 13. If there is something I grieve the most, it is the innocence that was stolen from me.
There is hope. We can ALL help!
National Child Abuse Hotline: (1-800) 422-4453
National Sexual Assault Hotline: (1-800) 656-4673
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