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EDITORIAL: No need for anyone, anywhere to suffer at the hands of another

Posted 4/13/22

Sexual assault and child abuse are not easy subjects to talk about but they occur far too often. Many cases go unreported because of the victims’ belief that somehow they are to blame. Sadly, many …

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EDITORIAL: No need for anyone, anywhere to suffer at the hands of another

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Sexual assault and child abuse are not easy subjects to talk about but they occur far too often.

Many cases go unreported because of the victims’ belief that somehow they are to blame. Sadly, many victims are too young to even know the ramifications of an assault perpetrated upon them.

April is both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month to promote awareness that these societal problems are not the victim’s fault and should be reported. More importantly, these awareness campaigns promote education and prevention to reduce, and hopefully some day eliminate, these crimes.

The statistics from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network — the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization — and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center are horrific.

­— An American is sexually assaulted every 68 seconds.

— Only 25 of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison.

— 91.9% of female victims are sexually assaulted by an intimate partner or acquaintance.

The statistics from TexProtects, the official chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, are just as bad.

­— In Texas, more than four children die from abuse or neglect on average every week, 184 children are confirmed victims daily, and more than seven children are maltreated every hour.

— More than 80% of child abuse cases in Texas are the result of neglect.

— About 90% of child abuse victims know their abuser.

Victims of abuse are often conflicted about how they feel about themselves, experts say.

Not all adult victims are the victims of sexual assault. Some may have lived with a batterer and feel a sense of shame that they allowed themselves to be treated this way. Worse, some have issues where they feel a misguided sense of having deserved it.

Substance abuse and financial insecurity also are contributing factor, calling substance abuse a huge factor and really prevalent in the vast majority of cases her office handles

Chances are someone in your life is a survivor of sexual harassment, assault or abuse, even if they have never shared their story with you. Preventing sexual assault and child abuse is up to each of us. What we say and do every day sends a message about our beliefs and values.

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