Fact: The FBI estimates that only 37% of these cases are ever reported to the police.
Sex crimes are increasing at an alarming speed because too many victims are afraid to tell someone. They feel embarassed and fear that they will be blamed for what has happened to them. This silence too often will dominate their lives.
Those who do not report their sex crimes will often suffer from depression, anxiety, low self esteem, panic attacks, and flashbacks. They seek out self destructive behaviors as a way to cope, such as substance abuse or even suicide attempts.
It's easy to read the stastitics and pass judgement on those who choose to keep their silence. But what if it happened to you? Would you be able to look at your spouse/friends/family and tell them that your body had been violated? Think about how hard it would be for a child to articulate these words.
For those who have spoken up, I commend you. It takes a brave soul to disclose abuse, and even greater strength to seek out help so that you can regain your life. If you are struggling with the decision to open up, I offer you my encouragement. There are so many others who are in similar situations as you are and each one of them would understand and support you. Please reach out to somebody, somewhere.
If you ever suspect that a child is being abused, TELL SOMEONE!!! You may be the hero that this child has been wishing for that could save them.