Child sexual abuse is a pervasive global health problem associated with a number of serious physical and psychological consequences throughout childhood and into adulthood for both child victims and their families (Clevenger, 2016).
Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a profound violation of the inherent right to human life. Child sexual abuse is defined as any sexual activity perpetrated against a minor by force, threat, intimidation, or manipulation, with research suggesting 1 in 5 children will experience such actions prior to reaching 18 years of age (Collin-Vezina et al., 2103; Dube et al., 2015; James, 2000).
Most cases of child sexual abuse are never reported with 73% of child victims not telling anyone about the abuse for at least a year and 45% of victims do not tell anyone for at least 5 years (Broman-Fulks et al., 2007).
Sadly many individuals have never received support and have never been able to tell anyone about their abuse. There are also many who have spoken out whose voices have not been heard of most serious concern the voice of a child.
There are so many people who are hurting and broken from abuse, trauma, tragedy and loss, but you are not alone. There are people who care and who are wanting to support you in your journey to healing and hope.
We invite you to join with us as voices of hope to Be There and lend your voice, hands, feet and heart to stop this epidemic to continue to continue to be passed down to another generation.