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Why Kids Don't Tell

Apr 12, 2016

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According to a recent survey, most parents or guardians believe that a child will tell them if they are being sexually abused. We know from experience that this is a dangerous belief. Research tells us that only 38% of children who are abused tell someone. Holding an expectation that a child will take responsibility for keeping him/herself safe or that this child will tell of the abuse leaves children at grave risk...

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Sunday night was a night for survivors. Between the film “Spotlight” winning the best picture Oscar and Lady Gaga’s heartbreakingly beautiful and moving performance of, “Till it happens to You,” the focus was on survivors of sexual abuse—in a strong and honoring way...

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On January 15, the Seattle Archdiocese released the names of 77 clergy who have, in the words of Archbishop Peter J. Sartain, “admitted, established or determined to be credible,” claims of sexual abuse of a minor made against them. Will the public acknowledgement of these members of the clergy serving in Puget Sound churches and schools from the 1920s-2008, along with the Archbishop’s letter of apology, bring validation or even healing to those whose lives have been forever scarred and altered? Perhaps. . .

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