The Importance of Research – Here’s How You Can Help

All the institutions that are in a position to provide the necessary funding and help to survivors of child sexual abuse need evidence-based facts to warrant their support. Governments, social service agencies, all those with the power to make a real difference rely on good studies when they make the decision to help.

The saying goes that a million anecdotes do not make for scientific truth. Studies in which many people provide information are taken seriously. One such study is being conducted by the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

This is your opportunity to help. Just go to the website listed below in Molly’s letter to me. Here’s that letter:

Dear Mary,

Thank you for agreeing to put a link to my study on your blog.

An Online Study for Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

You are invited to participate in a clinical research project that examines your experiences of child sexual abuse and related issues concerning that abuse. Your participation is completely voluntary, and this study will take about 30 – 40 minutes to complete. Most of the questions will be about your experiences of child sexual abuse, your memory of the events, and related issues. The results of this study should help to further our understanding of the effects of child sexual abuse on memory. This understanding will help researchers and therapists to develop more effective intervention programs to assist survivors of child sexual abuse. The link to the study is now closed.

Thank you for your time.


Molly Wolf, LMSW

Doctoral Candidate

UB School of Social Work


  1. BeLinda Gulley says:

    I am a survivor of child sexual abuse. From the age of 3-14 I was molested, tortured & beaten every fri-sun when we went to my grandparents. My dad’s dad who I refuse to c all gpa took great pride in doing this. I hid my lil sister & took her “punishment” for her. I wrote a book called Dream World a few yrs ago under the name belinda weston gulley.

    • I’m so sorry that happened to you when you were so small and helpless. What a betrayal! The adults whose job it was to protect you were sadistic or looked the other way. Children usually think abuse is somehow their fault. I guess you felt this way too. How else could a child make sense of such “punishment.” And to think – you protected your sister.

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