POINT OF VIEW: MENTAL HEALTH
"Point of View: Mental Health" is our agency's vlog space.
For this Vol. I, Clifford Beers CEO Dr. Forrester shares thoughts for adults regarding a child's disclosure of sexual abuse. "Be there for your child in a loving, safe way," she says.
The frequency of sexual abuse is difficult to gauge because it is often not reported; experts agree that the incidence is far greater than what is reported to authorities.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau report Child Maltreatment (2010) found that 9.2% of victimized children were sexually assaulted. Some experts believe as many as 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys are victims of child sexual abuse.
In all events, should you be in a situation where a child you know discloses sexual abuse, Dr. Forrester's thoughts will prove helpful. Also know that there are caring professionals who can help the child and the family heal from this significant and traumatic experience.