He put matters in his own hands, literally, and beat him off her. He then called 911 and later the perpetrator died.
Then, my stomach turned when I read today that Jerry Sandusky's adopted son was also a victim. This is 10 victims now that have surfaced. Sexual abuse is very disturbing and almost unthinkable. But indeed it happens, much more than one might realize.
With the recent news and my experience as a rape counselor, I decided to write a blog about sexual abuse. To realize that it happens in even the smallest of communities, just cruise the sex offender registries that are provided on the the internet.
|Just our local sex offenders.|
Find PA's Meagan's Law site here, a national listing can be found at this link.
You may be alarmed that even a neighbor might be on the site. I realized that even my small home town have several dozen perpetrators. Thanks to Megan's Law, it is one defense that parents and the community have. I did some research and I have found that:
- 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by the age of 18. ( Statistics," Sexual Violence. Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape)
- The typical child sex offender molests an average of 117 children. (National Institute of Mental Health, 1988)
- About 95% of victims know their perpetrators. ( CCPCA, 1992)
Nightmares or sleep problems.
Difficulty walking or sitting
Demonstrates bizarre, sophisticated, unusual sexual knowledge/behavior
Low performance in school (especially if they were not prior)
Genital or rectal symptoms, such as pain during a bowel movement or urinating.
Withdrawal or depression
unusual aggressiveness or suicidal behavior
Refuses to change in front of others.
Remember we can't always prevent something bad to happen to our children but education is the best defense.