Friday, June 4, 2010

7 Quick Takes, #2: Reasons to Prevent

Since my approach to Quick Takes is to do it topically, today I'm sharing 7 reasons to make a commitment to prevent child sexual abuse - not a fun topic, but important. My inspiration comes from a training I went to today to become a facilitator of a wonderful prevention curriculum called "Stewards of Light."

#1 Experts estimate that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before turning 18

#2 The median age for reported sexual abuse is 9 years old

#3 Most children never report the abuse

#4 More than 90% of children who are sexually abused know their abusers

#5 People who abuse children look and act like everyone else and often appear trustworthy

#6 Nearly 40% are abused by older and larger children

#7 Over 70% of sexual abuse survivors report excessive drug or alcohol use

These statistics are sad and scary. They are also reminders that the choice is ours...all of ours...we can make a difference for our children.

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1 comment:

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Thank you for sharing those statistics. People do not realize how widespread (and hidden) this problem is.