Melissa Owens’ childhood was riddled with abuse of every kind. But today, at 35, she’s done with the title of “victim.” Owens spoke Friday at the Child Abuse Prevention Service Providers Conference, sharing her personal story of sexual, physical, mental and emotional abuse from two alcohol- and drug-addicted parents.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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