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Explanation of the Survivors: Close Up Look at Sexual Assault

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The Washington Times just ran a excellent article that looked at the survivors of abuse up close. You should read the whole thing, but here are a couple of very compelling points:

federal data show that less than half of suspects in child sex-abuse cases are brought to trial, mostly because no crime can be proved against them.

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only 1 in 10 kids tell

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A primary reason for staying silent is fear of “being branded gay,” Mr. Douglass said.

But there are other reasons: If a boy cooperated with the molester in any way, or felt any sexual pleasure during the abuse, or stole money or committed other illegal acts with the molester, or if the molester threatened him – these things can keep men “very, very quiet for years.”

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less than half – 46 percent – of child sex-abuse suspects were prosecuted. Why were hundreds of child sex-abuse suspects let go? “Weak or inadmissible evidence” was the top reason, followed by “lack of evidence” that a crime was even committed, the Bureau of Justice Statistics report said.

Interesting information that suggests that investigation is so important, but first the abused need to feel like they have a place to be heard.

Abuse of children and the continued silence by the offenders needs to be prevented. If you suffered, saw, or suspected such events, it is important to know that there is help out there