Sorry to Upset You, But…

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We need everyone to face the fact that one in four females and one in six males is sexually abused in childhood. Otherwise caring, responsible people often say to me, “Oh, I don’t want to hear about that. It upsets me.” Well, I’m sorry, but child victims in your neighbourhood need you to be aware of this national epidemic.

If you don’t want to be involved in preventing child sexual abuse, you are on the side of the perpetrator. Yes, that’s true. All the perpetrator asks of you is that you look the other way.

Child victims need you to notice and get involved. They need you to educate yourself about the signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse. They need you to be courageous enough to phone your local child protection services.

  • Prepare yourself. Have the number of your child protection services handy.
  • Educate yourself about this crime against our children.
  • Believe the statistics. They’re conservative estimates.
  • Don’t let your denial put more children in danger.


  1. Junre Mohns says:

    How many were reported against a father only to be told fathers don’t abuse there own children. This type of thing has been going on well over 50 years , but will anyone believe you when you say it is happening?

  2. Surely we just need to keep telling our stories – like the drip on the rock. Many who deny fathers abuse their own children are victims of child sexual abuse who are blocked to accessing their own memories. They become agitated and angry when their defences are threatened by the truth.

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