Approximately 1 in 6 men and 1 in 4 to 5 women will be sexually abused before the age of 18. 1,2 Too often, their stories are silenced – by shame, guilt, fear. In fact, 70% of childhood sexual abuse victims never tell anyone.3,4 For others, telling someone about the abuse they experienced caused more pain; their stories were not believed or perhaps they were blamed for an imagined role in the abuse.
“I was conditioned to feel that I needed to keep carrying the baggage silently. Made to feel that I somehow earned and deserved it.” – Shana Shippee