It is an industry that rakes in over $32 billion a year. More than 300,000 people fall prey to it each year in the U.S. alone. More than four million people couldn't stop doing it even if they tried.
Well-intentioned efforts to "cheer me up," reminders to be strong, and curiosity-fueled questions were all unhelpful at that time. What, then, are some helpful responses for someone suffering as a result of trauma, sexual abuse, assault, or other forms of violence?
In a case like Cosby's where we now have an unsealed court document that may act as a corroborating piece of evidence and lend credibility to some of the stories, there should be a remedy for these women to have their day in court.
Too often the initial choice to punish and incarcerate an abused girl sets in motion a vicious cycle of abuse and imprisonment that continues throughout her life. In fact, a girl with a history of sexual abuse is five times more likely to be re-arrested once released.
Those very old childhood feelings were rearing their ugly head, stronger and louder that ever. I remember waking up the morning I wrote it with a feeling of clarity as to why I had the fear, and believed it was simply a fear, and not my actual reality. It turns out I was wrong.
It is certainly perplexing that a teenager who had consensual sex with someone he believed to be of age will have had to register as a sex offender. It is troubling and terrifying that scores of criminals who committed crimes like rape, production of child pornography, and child sexual abuse are not required to register at all and are released into the community without having to register as sex offenders.
Rachel Thompson is the author of newly released Broken Places (2015 Honorable Mention Winner, San Francisco Book Festival) and the multi award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed.
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Turning away won't help to solve these problems, and certainly won't keep them from turning up at one's own door. Solutions will require an open and honest discussion, and it will absolutely be an uncomfortable one, and literature will have a role to play.
For Children's Advocacy Centers, many of our most heart-wrenching cases involve families in which sibling abuse has occurred. Parents are distraught about the victimization of one child, while terribly worried about the legal consequences to another child.
We are rightly frustrated by what happened with Josh Duggar. But we should direct that collective frustration and anger towards building new and better ways to rehabilitate children who commit crimes and to help their victims.
I never realized the connection between my vagina and my voice until I started researching orgasm at age 45.
Perhaps the most enduring and pervasive American myth concerning child sexual abuse is that nice guys don't molest children; and it's a pernicious myth because it denies the reality of a victim's suffering.