Most child victims never report sexual abuse.
Understand why children are afraid to tell.
♣ The abuser may threaten the child or a family member.
♣ The abuser may try to confuse the child about right and wrong.
♣ Many abusers tell children the abuse is “okay” or “a game.”
♣ The abuser may shame the child, blame the child, or tell the child that his/her parents will be angry.
♣ Children are afraid of disrupting or hurting their family.
♣ Some children who did not initially disclose are afraid to tell when it happens again.
♣ Some children are too young to understand.