Sins & Silence
By Richard Vorwald
[See the main page of the Sins & Silence series for links to all the articles and letters to the editor.]
Are kids safer, now that sex offenders inside and outside churches have been pinpointed? Studies indicate these cases are just the tip of the iceberg, that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18.
Most of these abuse is done not by someone lurking in the shadows, but by relatives and acquaintances. This abuse varies from parental abuse of young children, to child pornography to date rape.
What can be done? Some possibilities include increased awareness of the
relationship between sexual abuse,
It's as though the problem is too big for "the system" to handle, and individuals need to act as though both the perpetrators and victims are part of their own family.
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