Everyday, I hear of another person who was touched by child sexual abuse. Not everyone is a victim, but more and more often, I hear stories of abuse happening and they bring the reality of our mission right back to me. This week, Cheryl Burke, of Dancing with the Stars fame, told People Magazine about her personal experience of sexual abuse as a child. “If I can help just one person” she says, “for me that’s all that matters.”
Cheryl Burke is now the latest in a long list of celebrities who have bravely told their story in the last year. We hope these stories will help make sexual abuse a more “speakable” issue in our society – for both the millions of survivors that carry their abuse in secret and for the millions and millions of children we can protect from ever being abused.
We look forward to the day when one of the many celebrity survivors comes forward and joins us in our fight to spread the word about how abuse can be stopped to begin with! We can prevent child sexual abuse!