Once again there is a story in the local media about a man trying to lure children into his car. It makes my skin crawl and I feel such anger towards this stranger. Parents and concerned adults will now be on the lookout which is as it should be. But here’s the thing. The problem is MUCH larger than the occasional ‘stranger luring kids’ alert. Here are the statistics…
- 30-40% of victims are abused by a family member. (2, 44, 76)
- Another 50% are abused by someone outside of the family whom they know and trust.
- Approximately 40% are abused by older or larger children whom they know. (1, 44)
- Therefore, only 10% are abused by strangers.
(stats taken from Darkness to Light website)
What will it take to get the message out that childhood sexual abuse is a REAL, DAILY, SIGNIFICANT issue that we can do something about. We can no longer sweep it under the rug and pretend it does not exist in our neighbourhood. It does.
Next post will be about the impact that this epidemic has on society. Meanwhile, contact me if you would like to participate in a 3 hour workshop were you can learn how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to childhood sexual abuse.