A child is molested A MINIMUM of every two minutes. This leaves AT LEAST 25% of the population crippled from the trauma.
The ripple effect on families increases these numbers beyond comprehension. Molestation affects victims physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
~“It’s common for victims of sexual abuse to develop problems trusting people in their lives, so they develop perfectionist personalities, which drive them to be compulsive ‘people pleasers’ and make them believe they have to do everything themselves, otherwise it won’t get done right. These personality traits take their toll… That stress manifests itself in a wide variety of ways, from simple pain to IBS to even cancer.” ~Dr. Larry Bergstrom, Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona
~“Adverse childhood experiences are common, destructive, and have an effect that often lasts for a lifetime. They are the most important determinant of the health and well-being of our nation… the primary issues are well protected by social convention and taboo…We physicians have limited ourselves to the smallest part of the problem, that part where we are comfortable as mere prescribers of medication.” ~Dr. Vincent Felitti, Kaiser Permanente
~ “The long-term effects of the abuse ‘were absolutely profound,’ says lead author and child psychologist Penelope Trickett, USC professor of Social Work. ‘It’s just not mental health issues. Some of these women are suffering from a lot of problems today like sleep issues, poor health utilization, and have a lot of risky behaviors. It’s very disturbing.’” ~NBCNews.com
This is issue is global; it affects every population. No economic grouping is unscathed. No race is protected. This crime against children is pandemic, and needs our attention!