Why Does Sexual Abuse Go Unreported?
Child sexual abuse is a significant and pervasive health problem according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In the United States, approximately one in every four girls and one in every thirteen boys have experienced some form of sexual abuse during their childhood. Sadly, the majority of these heinous acts are committed by someone the abused child has trusted, such as a teacher, pastor, family member or friend.

Why do many cases of childhood sexual abuse go unreported? Threats, manipulation, concealments, and coverups.

Threats and Manipulation by the Abuser

Commonly, child sexual abuse survivors are subjected to manipulation and threats by the perpetrators to keep the abuse from coming to light. In cases where the abuser knows the victim or the victim’s family, the victim may be reluctant to speak out about the abuse to their parents or siblings for fear that the abuser will carry out their threats, that their parents will not believe them, or that the abuse is their fault.

Organizations and Concealment of Abuse

Unfortunately, many cases of abuse are carried out within organizations where most people would never expect sex wrongdoings. In recent years, for example, the Catholic Church has been exposed for concealing clergy members that sexually abused children. A significant number of religious organizations and other organizations, including Boy Scouts and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, have been identified in sexual abuse claims.

Survivors of sexual abuse involving organizations that work relentlessly to cover up sexual misconduct are often discouraged from speaking out. Many organizations unfairly do everything in their power to suppress and censor victims from exposing sex scandals and the truth.

Survivors Have the Right to Seek Justice

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse have a significantly higher risk of developing depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, drug addictions, and many other mental health problems in later life. We believe that you deserve to be heard, and we are committed to helping you do that.

When you are unsure where to turn for help, our team of attorneys is here to help you bring your perpetrator to justice and hold the institutions—that permitted and perpetuated the abuse —accountable for the terrible crime they committed. Contact the Law Offices of Mark Yablonovich today at (888) 306-4228 for a free, confidential consultation.

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