Silent Epidemic: Shining a light on child sexual abuse

The Marietta Times (Ohio)

June 29, 2012

By Kevin Pierson ( , The Marietta Times

* Editor’s note – This article is the first in a series on child sexual abuse. Additional articles in the series will also run Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.

If the Washington County Health Department were to find that one in three people under the age of 18 had the flu, they’d say they had an epidemic on their hands.

But there’s one epidemic raging across the state and nation that has no vaccination to take care of it.

Statistics show that one in three girls and one in four boys are sexually abused by the time they turn 18.

That figure far exceeds the standard used by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to determine medical epidemics.

“And those are the numbers we know of,” said Ginger Davey, a caseworker with Washington County Children Services who specializes in sexual abuse cases.

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