The stories are heartbreaking, all-too-common and shrouded in misconceptions. “Child sexual abuse is kind of a taboo subject,” said Celena Ditz, therapist and co-parenting coordinator. “People don’t want to talk about it.” Margie Christopher, executive director of Children’s Homes of Cleveland County, said it seems like every time she picks up the newspaper, there is another story about a child who has been sexually abused. More often than not, it was by a family member or someone trusted by the family.
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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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