The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD
National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE
Child Sexual Abuse is: The inappropriate exposure of a child to sexual acts or materials, the passive use of children as sexual stimuli for adults,"or older child" and actual sexual contact between children and older people. resource www.thefreedictionary.com
Child sexual abusers can make the child scared and fearful of telling, and only if a special effort or relationship is made, will the child feel safe to talk freely. Even with a close relationship with a child, that doesn't guaranty they will tell of the abuse.There is so much shame and fear that goes along with talking about being sexually abused at first.
From my personal experience I believe a child needs tools in order to talk about it, because the predator has filled their heads with many lies on how others will respond to what they say!
If you are a caregiver of a child that has given you a ticket, know that this child has put all of his/her fears aside and trusts that you will be their ticket out of the situation. Please do not take this lightly, they NEED and TRUST in you! For these children that have been abused, trust is a very fragile thing.
"The thing that will determine the long term consequences of abuse is not just
the trauma itself, but how trusted people respond to the discovery of that
abuse! SO, if trusted people SUPPORT that person the long term consequences are
much better than if they DENY the harm. While you may think that the victim's
parents and siblings would be the one most likely to breathe in life to her,
sadly, they are often the very ones that suck the life right out of her". ~Nicole Bromley