Stop child abuse and stop child molestation!
Child molestation is a growing problem in the United States. Abuses in this area can include statutory rape, incest, indecent exposure, sexual assault, sexual abuse, distribution or broadcasting of pornography, any sort of lewd conduct, child prostitution, and other acts of that nature. Experts in the field of child abuse have estimated that somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 children are molested in the United States every year. Child abuse inflicts a terrible toll on victims and on their families. The long-term effects of abuse include fear, anxiety, depression, hostility, inappropriate sexual behavior later in life, poor self-esteem, tendency toward substance abuse, and difficulty with close relationships to name a few. Sexual victimization profoundly interferes with the developmental process, and the after-effects of child abuse lasts well into one’s adulthood and can be carried far from the home. Sociologically, the consequences of abuse can also be seen.
1. 80% of the time the victim knows their abuser/molester.
2. Roughly 33% of girls and 14% of boys are molested before the age of 18
3. Nearly 2/3 of all sexual assaults reported involved minors and roughly 1/3 involved children under the age of 12.