Child Victims Act Shines Light on the Trauma, Revictimization of Reporting Child Sexual Abuse

Spectrum News

August 30, 2019

By Camalot Todd Buffalo

August 14 saw the yearlong “look-back” window open for the Child Victims Act. Hundreds of cases were filed during the first few days.

But the impact childhood sexual abuse has on mental health extends beyond the 12-month window and can last that person’s entire life.

Reporting the abuse to family, friends, and authorities can be traumatic and revictimization adds a layer of damage on top of the abuse.

James Faluszczak, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and former priest, still struggles with the betrayal he felt after he went to multiple people to report the abuse he endured at the hands of his mentor, Father Daniel Martin.

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