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Stop the Silence Surrounding Child Sexual Abuse

Stop the Silence Surrounding Child Sexual Abuse

Over 200 million children worldwide are subjected to forced sexual intercourse and other forms of sexual violence. In the United States one out of four girls and one out of seven boys are sexually abused by 18 years old.  Nearly 50 percent of all sexual assaults are against girls under age 16.

There are an estimated 60-80 million survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA) in the United States. Sexually abused children have a higher likelihood of being affected by psychological and physiological ailments and sociological pathologies. CSA produces extremely severe consequences, including:

  • Depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other psychological problems.
  • Anti-social behaviors.
  • Decreased school performance and delinquency.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Promiscuity.
  • Teen pregnancy.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
  • Prostitution.
  • Homicide and suicide.
  • Incarceration.

CSA contributes to the commercial sexual exploitation of children. It costs U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars annually in medical and psychiatric treatment, social services, special education, and legal costs.

Most CSA is never reported due to shame, fear, stigma and other factors. Authorities often minimize or dismiss the abuse reported, blame the victim and protect the abuser. More than two-fifths of women and more than one-third of men who have been sexually abused never disclose the experience to anyone.

Stop the Silence is a non-profit organization which began in 2002 as a coalition of like-minded people dedicated to addressing the CSA pandemic. It has grown to provide comprehensive programming, research, education, training and community outreach to bring awareness to this horrible problem. The charity’s overarching goals are to:

  1. Help stop child sexual abuse (CSA) and related forms of violence.
  2. Promote healing of victims and survivors.
  3. Celebrate the lives of those healed.

Stop the Silence functions with a small staff, low overhead and volunteer labor. Funding comes from various foundations, government organizations, corporations, and private individuals. The organization currently accepts small donations through 12for12k.org.

Stop the Silence has proven its drive and ability, and plans to push forward on all fronts to ensure that children are protected and that survivors get the help they need to thrive.

 

 

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3:54AM PST on Feb 17, 2009

May children across all lands be honored and protected. May they be safe to play in the woods and learn the ways of living in harmony with our earth mother.

10:07AM PST on Feb 15, 2009

This absolutely breaks my heart. Children are gifts from God and will always remain this way. Children are NOT sex slaves in any sense of the word to predators, relatives, etc. May God protect and have mercy on all of our children!

9:00PM PST on Feb 5, 2009

I think the first thing that needs to be addressed are the statute of limitations laws in most states at least in michigan that I know of for sure. I remember the catholic preist scandal gave me hope of maybe getting justice but not in michigan and in most states it was just for people affected by the church. I was 12 when i finally told and i was actually talked out of prosecuting by my family (the same people who should of supported me) because they were afraid of what people might of thought. I know I am not the only one who would of stood up had I had a chance but by the time I had the courage to do it alone it had been too long...

There should be no statute of limitations on children.....

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