We cannot ignore the high incidence of child abuse in our country nor can we look the other way at the impact abuse has on the child and the adult survivor.
Here are some facts:*
2.9 million cases of child abuse are reported every year in the United States.
1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys will be sexually abused before they reach age 18.
Children who experience child abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violence crime.
90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way. 68% are abused by a family member.
About 80% of 21-year-olds who were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
Approximately 5 children die every day because of child abuse.
And here are some consequences of adults who were abused as children: **
Physical health problems
Emotional health problems
Alcohol and substance abuse
High risk sexual behavior
Intergenerational transfer of abuse and neglect
High risk sexual behaviors
My guest this week on Wise Woman Storytime El Chess, suffered horrific abuse as a child. Her earlier years were fraught with degradation, deprivation, neglect, emotional abuse and dehumanizing conditions. It has been her lifetime commitment to do the deep inner work of breaking the constraints of shame, speaking the unspeakable and learning to love herself that has forged her path towards living a fulfilling, happy and successful life today.
El’s goal is to share the practices and teachings that have helped her thrive so that others may also live happy lives. El has worked hard to create the first ever 12 step program called Adults Abused Anonymous which meets weekly in Santa Rosa and very recently published her book Adults Abused as Children.
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By Roberta Teller